After the opening plenary, the students split into groups for their first session with FF coaches: Jakub Goscinny, Lina Akbar and Liv Hildebrand. They defined Global Citizenship, discussed the importance of thinking globally and chose issues that they were particularly passionate about. Having been encouraged to discover the key issues that really mattered to them, the participants were ready to learn how to take action against those issues in the afternoon ‘Take Action’ plenary.
After a short break, participants selected to attend a workshop hosted by one of our four esteemed guest speakers. Tazmin Ratcliffe, the CEO of Impact Trust and an Ashoka Fellow, led her group in a discussion about how to make an impact, encouraging them to identify a problem statement and showing them that everyone can make a positive difference. Alex Bell, Director, Portland Education, led a session tailored to help students identify their purpose by asking them to find their ‘why’ and by stressing the importance of collaboration. The third guest speaker was Katerina Vittozzi, a Sky News Correspondent and Old Wellingtonian, who discussed the value of the media in enacting social change. She showed the students different ways that collaboration with the media could help their current or future projects and helped them strategize ways to get media coverage. Finally, Katy Granville-Chapman, Deputy Head, Wellington College, led a session called ‘Leading for Impact’, in which the students shared their dreams and learnt about the neuroscience of flourishing and the importance of emotional intelligence in leading and understanding your team. All four sessions were extremely well received, and the participants went to lunch in high spirits.
Just because someone else hasn’t done it, doesn’t mean we can’t do it. Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we can’t do what adults have done
I’ve learnt how important it is to go outside of where you live and meet people with the same opinion as you.
It was made clear to us how easy it is to make a difference, even if the start is small – small groups can make a big difference.
The afternoon started with Future Foundations coach Lina Akbar leading a ‘Take Action’ session. It opened with a student, Celia, Townley Grammar, presenting her SDG challenge project to the group, which was both well researched and extremely eye opening on the topic of water security. Next Fin, Wellington College, spoke about his team’s very successful project which raised money to purchase supplies for food banks.
Following that, Lina and Amy introduced the Future Foundations 30 Day GSL Challenge. The challenge encourages participants to test themselves by breaking or starting a habit for 30 days, and every student at the Festival filled in their own pledge to participate. The students were asked to think about an SDG and look at ways that they as individuals could commit to changing that would help address the issues. One student shared that they would use a re-useable water bottle, another that they would not turn the gas on until ready.
The winner of the GSL SDG Competition 2017-18, Refugee Help, Shrewsbury School, was announced and we all had the pleasure of watching their incredible digital submission. The team’s project was Refugee Help, which raised awareness of the refugee crisis and aided the integration of unaccompanied asylum seeking children into their local community. Anna Peak (Teacher), accepting the reward on their behalf, stressed that they achieved their goals by using institutions already in place in the school and community, for example inviting the refugees to participate in a football game the school was already hosting. The project was incredibly inspiring, and we can only hope it has inspired a new generation of teams and projects to make equal impact!
If you are interested in participating in our GSL SDG Competition 2018-19, which is free to enter, please register your interest here. We still have some limited places available on this summer’s World Summit and would love to see you there.
Our thanks to all our guests, speakers, facilitators and the organisations that helped to run this event; Summerhouse Publishing, Wellington College and the Wellington Leadership Institute. Thanks also to the following schools for participating; Aureus School, Shrewsbury School, Blessed Hugh Farringdon Catholic School, Rendcomb, Bitterne Park School, Wellington Academy, Wellington School, Wellington College, Townley Grammar School, Gordons School and Duke’s Aldridge Academy.