Global Social Leaders launches membership for schools to catalyse change in education

Press Release | 17th June 2022 | For Immediate Release

At the 2022 Global Social Leaders (GSL) annual festival we announced that Global Social Leaders will evolve to become a global community of schools and partners from the third, private and public sectors committed to building a movement of socially conscious young people who are equipped to be leaders in their lives and society.

Future Foundations founded Global Social Leaders (GSL) in partnership with the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute, with a two-week Global Summit held in the UK at Wellington College, United Kingdom in 2013.  We have created and delivered leadership courses and a global social-action project competition that challenges young people to solve local, national and global issues.  

GSL has equipped 10,000 young people to deliver 3,500 social action projects in over 100 countries addressing the Global Goals.  We have amplified young people’s voices and championed their solutions for change.  

The United Nations has stated that there is a need for a system-wide approach to transforming education.  This transformation is described as “empowering learners for well-being, the future of work, and planetary sustainability by mainstreaming education for sustainable development”.  

As we embark on our tenth year of GSL, we have reflected on our journey so far, and the need to transform education and the role that we can play to support schools.  We are excited and proud to launch our new strategy for GSL which is designed to catalyse change in schools around the world by creating a global community committed to transforming students’ learning about sustainability and how to take action to solve real-world issues.   

We will support our schools to engage their whole school community with GSL and our ecosystem of partners.  We announced today our plans for 2022-23 including new courses for young people, Headteacher events, Teacher Continuous Professional Development and an evolved Global Goals competition.  

Jonathan Harper FRSA, CEO, Future Foundations & Co-Founder of GSL commented:

“Our new strategy is designed as a framework for change for schools and communities, which will equip young people, parents, school leaders, public private and third sectors.  We invite schools and partners who share our vision and mission, to join us. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.”

Katy Granville-Chapman, Deputy Head of Wellington College & Co-Founder of GSL commented:

Katy Granville-Chapman, says: “Educators play a critical role in facilitating young people’s transition to sustainable ways of work and life. As a teacher myself, I know the challenges we face.  I am excited by our new strategy and to connect with members and deliver the teacher training for schools taking part in GSL this year”.

GSL school membership is open to all schools supporting young people (targeted at students aged 11 to 17), anywhere in the world, that are committed to supporting their students to become socially conscious leaders.  

In parallel to launching our school membership, we are developing a partnership campaign to secure support for students and schools who would otherwise be unable to access all the opportunities that GSL offers and to strengthen and improve the impact of the work that we do.  We invite organisations who share our vision and would like to pledge their support to contact us to learn more about our partnership opportunities. 


Contact Details

Jonathan Harper FRSA, CEO of Future Foundations & Co-Founder of GSL 

E: T: 020 34 32 34 50

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