On a far north eastern island in Siberian Russia you will find a group of devoted and enthusiastic activists who dedicate their Thursday lunch times to making the world a better place.
The idea evolved from Sakhalin International’s school vision of developing future accountable global citizens. What better way of achieving this than linking their ideas to the UN Global Goals? This team of internationally minded and moralistic students all applied to become a member of the group. The twelve then decided who would become team leaders for particular goals. With some projects already in mind, the ideas, goals and team leaders were selected and the hard work began.
The team leaders for the Life Below Water goal set out to recycle as much plastic as they could. There is a particular overuse of plastic bottles in their community so this seemed the best place to start.
The project aims to collect plastic bottles as well as encouraging other members to use the recycling bins that are already in the community. Better recycling initiatives and raising awareness of the problem, means that they can contribute to keeping plastic out of the oceans. It is said by 2050 that there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish. This worrying prediction highlights the need for all of us to play our part in supporting this goal.
Arguably the most precious resource on Earth is water however only around 3% of the water on our planet is fresh water suitable for drinking.
UN Sustainable Goal 6, is increasingly becoming one of the most urgent issues in many third world countries around the world. The team leaders are busily fundraising to build a well in Bangladesh.
Poverty can be an overwhelming issue to tackle. There are endless possibilities when considering where to start. However for the no poverty team leaders, the answer to this question was already being considered by a parent of the school. One of our parents runs a charity linked to an orphanage in Nigeria.
During his recent visit he discovered that many of the children did not have shoes or the ones that did were using shoes that were ill-fitting. His mission was to provide the children with shoes. Our brilliant team leaders came up with an even better idea, growing shoes. Growing shoes can be adjusted to be made bigger as the child grows. The founder of the charity loved the idea and the no poverty team are now pitching ideas to the Head Teacher, Mr Freeman, for approval.
The big surprise for the Gender Equality team was to discover how girls are treated differently to boys in many countries around the world.
The team researched how boys were given more opportunities particularly in developing countries.
They also considered countries where society dictated gender specific roles. The aim now is to promote gender equality through awareness projects in our school and beyond.
Access to education in many economically wealthy countries is often taken for granted however many children in developing countries have little or no access to any form of schooling. It is estimated that 70 million children worldwide do not receive a proper education.
The team leaders came up with a great way to make the education journey easier for local orphans in Yuzhno. They decided to organize a shoebox appeal they call “School in a Box”.
The idea is to help others by providing a gift package of school items that may be needed.
We think that UN Global Goals compliment the way that we learn with the IPC really well. They fit in with the ethos of the IPC with regards to International Mindedness and promoting empathy developing the sense of "the other". In my opinion, the UN Global Goals offer the perfect opportunity to reflect on how our actions can impact on the lives of others complimenting the IPC Personal Goals perfectly. Along with high standards of academic achievement, we also need high standards of thoughtfulness, cooperation and morality.