We are delighted to share a blog written by Lygia Loizou; Emmelia Constantinou; Zoe Andreou Kyprianou, teachers and students at The Grammar School, Nicosia who are part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project 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.
A big thank you to the ‘Global Social Leaders’ for allowing us to have the opportunity to have this experience that was artistic, horizon- brightening and deeply fulfilling!
We are trying to tackle the issue of too much technology in the lives of people, and the lack of theatre visits and book reading, since people these days, do not value their importance. The project involves the students, families, friends and the school community. Thus, achieving a passion for reading and attending theatre performances, would increase the students’ creativity, imagination and more importantly their communication skills. Additionally, it will foster values such as empathy and tolerance. We see this project as part of a well-rounded education for our students and their whole school community and their families.
One of the first realisations one could have about himself through the journey of this project is the imagination and creativity that could be developed through close contact with the arts (reading/theatre). Both book reading and theatre attendance, provide food for thought, thus creating individuals with critical thinking that develops personal opinions on political, cultural issues. Therefore, critical thought and innovation are some crucial results of this project. More importantly, we have noticed that involvement with the arts, encourages communication and the development of social skills, necessary for the future of healthy individuals in a society.
The Next Chapter
Through this project, we have developed our ability to work as a team and developed everyone’s planning, time management, creativity, and organizational skills and increased our love for the arts. We have learnt about the importance of choosing quality books. Through author visits at our school, we have realized how soul-rewarding it is to read books and attend theatre performances.
Our biggest challenge was to influence the whole school community and involve the parents and friends to share this passion and will to promote book reading and theatre attendance.
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.