Students from Nord Anglia International School Al Khor (NAISAK) came together with fellow Nord Anglia Education students from around the world to raise awareness on children’s rights by addressing some of the most pressing issues on the planet in a social media chain reaction across the US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The call to action by Nord Anglia Education students was initiated to mark the World Children’s Day this 20 November, which is also the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Over 24 hours, NAISAK and Nord Anglia students worldwide are setting and answering questions about issues that matter to them, sharing their video responses via social media. Together, these students are getting their voices heard to raise awareness and challenge people to take action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, encouraging everyone to play an active role in creating the future we want for our children.

This event is part of the UNICEF World Children’s Day campaign #KidsTakeOver – a day when students take over schools, businesses and government organisations around the world to raise awareness on children’s rights. Nord Anglia students worldwide took over schools as well as regional and central teams for one day.

Najwa Mekki, Head of UNICEF Media said they want the kids to have fun this World Children’s Day, but with a purpose.

It’s a day of action for children, by children. We want them to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.’

What the Students Did to Answer the Call for a Chain Reaction

In response to a question from the Nord Anglia Schools in Thailand, Vietnam and Jakarta, the primary school student council met with their teacher to discuss the world’s deserts and if these were the best places for new sustainable communities.

They researched current eco-friendly cities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to see how technology was being used to create zero- emission communities. They then discussed the pros and cons of building in the desert and concluded that although it was a good idea, other countries also need to use renewable energy to convert their cities and become more environmental-friendly.  Three students were selected to create a short video to share what was discussed, and to continue the chain with a question for other Nord Anglia schools: ‘Should we allocate more money to seeking an alternative planet to live on rather than trying to protect Earth?’

Year 10 Geography students took a short break from their current topic to look at the Chain Reaction question for the Middle East: ‘Are the world’s deserts the most sustainable place to build the future’s largest cities?’

The students split themselves into groups and used a mixture of laptops and iPads to research their points. They then gathered back in their groups and listed down the pros and cons of building sustainable cities in deserts. The students then collated the main ideas and one group took charge of filming the question and answer.

NAISAK Principal Dave Pontich said he was delighted that the students had the opportunity to share their voice with other children from around the world on this special day.

I was particularly impressed not only by the videos but also by the inspirational activities throughout the day. I am filled with pride by their contributions.’

This event is part of Nord Anglia Education’s work with UNICEF to empower students and raise awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals using the World’s Largest Lesson.