Press Release | 18th June 2020 | For Immediate Release




Students from schools all over the world have spent the past academic year leading ground-breaking social action projects as part of the Global Social Leaders (GSL) Sustainable Development Goals competition, organised by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute.

Following an intense week of judging from our esteemed panel of judges, GSL are proud to announce that the winners of the competition are a team of students from Chadwick International, South Korea with their initiative ‘Greener is Cleaner’.

Earlier on today, Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE presented his keynote for the Global Social Leaders Festival @ Home and announced the winners to an audience of over 250 people tuning in live from all across the globe. 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”.

The Greener is Cleaner (GiC) mission is to prompt our community to consider the environment and our future before anything else, by basing their choices on the UN SDGs. The students-initiated plastic-pan petitions, communicated with large corporations, led students to the climate strike, proposed a sustainable renovation of a city, participated in a COP, sent goods for the vulnerable for COVID-19, changed wasteful facilities at school into sustainable ones, and loads more inspiring actions.

The students cooperated with various organisations and were certified for various actions. The impact they obtained was approximately 10, 637 people, took 400+ vehicles off the road, and reduced 101 plastic cups every school day.  The runners-up included:

This Global Social Leaders Festival @ Home announced the winners today during their first day of the virtual celebrations, and His Excellency, Ban Ki-Moon, President and Chair of GGGI and the 8th Secretary-General of the UN shared the following message to congratulate the students:

“I would like to thank all the participants of the Global Social Leaders and extend my warm congratulations to all the young people who demonstrated such passion, energy and creativity with the aim to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and help bring about a transformational social change.

“I am very proud of today’s socially conscious young people who are speaking up and taking action. Achieving the noble goals of saving our planet and helping our neighbours around the world will require both dreaming big and working hard, and I encourage you to please keep it up”.

It was a very close competition, and all the entries were of such high-importance and covered a wide range of sustainability initiatives. The standard of projects entered is a testament to the breadth of skills and global consciousness nurtured by these young people. It also demonstrated the power of engagement with the SDGs in a creative, fun, and experiential nature – both for participating and as a community.

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Future Foundations

Founded in December 2004, Future Foundations is an independent training organisation that aims to inspire young people to achieve their full potential and become leaders within their lives and in society. Its vision is a world where all organisations are led by socially conscious people, with every young person making the transition into adulthood with the foundations they need for their future.

We design and deliver pioneering training programmes and experiences for young people between the ages of 7 and 24 globally and for teachers and adults who want to inspire the next generation. We partner with leading organisations from the third, private, and public sector who share our vision and mission.

Working with over 20,000 young people in the last fifteen years, Future Foundations has delivered programmes for government departments, schools, colleges, universities and global companies.

Future Foundations was a winner of the Department for Education Character Awards 2015. In 2016, Chief Executive Jonathan Harper, FRSA, won the RSA Catalyst Award for commitment to supporting young people to achieve their full potential and in 2017 won the Enactus Alumnus of the Year global award, for exemplifying how entrepreneurial action for others can create a better world for all. In 2017, Future Foundations project managed a response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, working with Ark, the Aldridge Foundation and Kensington and Chelsea council, to organise a four-week summer programme of activities for young people living in the local community, who had been impacted directly or indirectly.

Future Foundations Contact Details

Jonathan Harper FRSA, CEO
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Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute

Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute is a part of Wellington College and aims to develop leaders with the passion, values and skills to serve and make a positive difference to the lives of others. They deliver this vision through partnering with organisations in the public and private sector, including the Government, the Civil Service, the Cabinet Office, schools (local, national and international), universities (Oxford, Harvard, UPenn, Birmingham, UC Berkeley), charities, businesses and the Armed Forces.
The WLCI was founded on the core values of Wellington College: courage, integrity, respect, responsibility and kindness. It has three pillars, which inform the type of leaders it hopes to develop: leaders with great strength of character; the desire to serve and the skills needed to become a positive leader. The WLCI team have presented on leadership at Number 10, the Cabinet Office, the Department of Education, in China, Singapore, Mozambique and Australia, as well as for England Rugby.

Wellington College Contact Details:
Katy Granville-Chapman


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