We are delighted to share a blog written by Aamina Mohamed, a student at The British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi (BSAK) who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project ‘BSAK Eco Innovators’ is among over 620 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
We have had to communicate and present our ideas to older and important members of staff – this is quite intimidating as it is something none of us have had to do before, therefore making us step out of our comfort zones.
We have also had to work with people who we do not usually work with – our group of Global Social Leaders (5) is a mix of different characters, so it has been refreshing to work with new people who are passionate about the same things you are.
We have had to allocate jobs to people in our group, meaning we have had to find out what our strengths are, and make them known to everyone else – admitting what you are good at is sometimes difficult, and this has allowed us to do so.
Many students in our school have a relaxed attitude to protecting our environment, and this has made it more of a challenge to share what we are doing, and to implement ideas. We are attempting to make people understand why this is such a large issue.
I would recommend to others our age to definitely get involved in projects like these, especially if you’re passionate about it! Seeing things come together and the difference you and your peers make is very rewarding. Even though it may take a large push in the beginning to get your school on board, once you get to started, only good things follow (usually!).
Working as a team with people who want to make a difference just as much as you do is so inspiring, and makes you feel as though a difference can be made.
Personally, I feel as though being involved in this project has made me more aware of my actions, the amount of plastic and water I consume, and the amount of greenhouse gases I unintentionally produce.
Taking steps to save our wonderful planet is something I am very proud of being a part of.
It has been an eventful experience that has taught us real life consists of facing rejection, but to never give up on the bigger picture, and our passion.
BSAK Eco Innovators: Aamina, Jood, Alex, Advay, Areen.
The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.
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