WE NEED TO STOP WHAT WE ARE DOING, THINK GLOBALLY, ACT SOCIALLY AND START MAKING CHANGES TODAY!
Future Foundations, an award-winning organisation that inspires young people across the world held the first of the two-day Global Social Leaders (GSL) Festival @ Home today, in partnership with the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute. This event puts young people at the forefront with guests including educators, parents and leaders from the public, private and third sector.
The Zoom rooms throughout the day included a global assembly where key speakers were speaking directly with the GSL cohorts, educators, parents and leaders, a future room for global classroom break-outs for the young, a foundation room for educators, teachers and parents to listen to key talks, plus a live stream room which showcased a large group of socially conscious young leaders networking and sharing their personal stories from getting involved in the movement.
Today there were over 10 guest speakers including:
- Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
- Dr Hazel Harrison, ThinkAvellana
- Edward Brookes, The Oxford Character Project
- Hamzat Bala Lawal, UN SDG Action Award Winner
- Jason Moore, Future Foundations
- Mina Ogbanga, Centre for Development Support Initiatives (Nigerian Schools)
- And loads more!
Click here to read about all our speakers
The key sessions included:
- Mindfulness for young people
- Mental health around the world
- Getting the job done…without tearing each other to shreds
- Taking action during COVID-19
- Is education selling our children short?
- And loads more captivating topics for the educational sector to take note of!
Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE was one of the first people to present, and he had the absolute honour of announcing for the GSL Sustainable Goals Competition winners ‘Greener is cleaner’ from Chadwick International, South Korea.
Lord Dr Hastings quoted:
“The Global Social Leaders movement is a platform for young people to make real change through social actions. This year over 600 teams from 105 countries took on the challenge to run a project that supports one of the many global goals. We are here today to celebrate all of those teams. Firstly, let me say thank you to all the teams that were not able to complete their projects due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We appreciate your efforts and we know that they will be back soon with even bigger plans and even stronger actions. We are immensely proud to say that despite the lockdown, and all the difficulties of the global pandemic, 249 teams from 49 countries completed the challenge and submitted their final reports. Thank you and congratulations for your resilience and your passion”.
Hamzat Lawal, Founder, Follow the Money and Chief Executive, Connected Development (CODE), Malala Fund Education Champion, commented:
“The current pandemic may appear to have disrupted the progress of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we remain undeterred and are repositioning to align with the goal of building a sustainable future for all. At CODE, we are passionate about Goal 16 and are ensuring that trust is regained in Government Institutions. Kudos to all the Global Social Leaders that are at the forefront of this cause and the vibrant young people. Together, we can create a transformational change. It’s a thumbs-up for the Global Action.”
Ben Scott-Robinson, Co-Founder, Small Robot Company, who has a guest spot during tomorrow’s festival commented:
“Where do we want to be in 2030? It’s this question that’s driving us to transform farming, making it more sustainable and enriching biodiversity. We’re honoured to support Global Social Leaders with this inspirational festival for youth-led action. Their vision for a brighter, more sustainable future is highly synergistic with our own – and yes, it’s time for action. Hear all about our Three Small Robots and their Dream to Save the World – I’ll be joining tomorrow to speak. Let’s Build Back Better. Small is for the future.”
Amy Mander, Head of GSL at Future Foundations, said:
“Today’s festival, has been an honour to host, you could sense the excitement and Goosebumps felt by everyone listening to the talks. I would like to say a big thank you to all our speakers, and congratulate, every team who has taken part in this year’s global goals competition. Outside of the main sessions we’ve created a lively festival through a Virtual Tea Garden, powered by the Small Robot Company, allowing us to chat and connect as you would in a physical festival. Our live stream has allowed us to amplify the voices of our inspirational speakers. Making the local global has never felt more important. I can’t wait for tomorrow and do tune in.”
The festival concludes tomorrow with even more topics and guest speakers exploring how we can rebuild towards a brighter more sustainable future.
To find out more and tune in live visit: www.globalsocialleaders.com/gslfest2020
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