Students in Globeducate schools across the world rallied in support of victims of the recent earthquakes and devastation in Turkey and Syria, and began collecting essential items for donation and raising money. These support projects are in their early days and will continue after Half Term.
In Canada, at Blyth Academy, students across all campuses collected items and raised money, and on specific campuses such as Etobicoke, fundraising activities included Pancake Tuesday, Pizza Friday, and “Pie Your Teacher”. At Lawrence Park campus, students sent donations to warehouses being organised by the Consulate General for Turkey, including warm clothing, tents, mattresses, blankets, flashlights and thermal food containers.
In Italy, ICS Milan, Bilingual European School and Canadian School of Florence wrote to all parents with information of how to help, as well as arranging collections.
In France, at ISN Nice, students are collecting clothing – and at ICS Paris, items have already been delivered to the Turkish Consulate and parents were invited to donate to a children´s charity based in Turkey – “All Children Are Ours”, which will provide mother and baby packages and will support local schools. The ICS Paris Primary Student Council also held a non-uniform day, raising more than €400 and children worked together to publicise the event, learning how this related to their own IB studies.
Chief Education Officer Daniel Jones said, "In Globeducate we are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, to actions that can support people and planet. Having witnessed the desperate plight of the families affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, our schools have been taken the lead in organising fund-raising initiatives and will continue to do what they can to play their part in the relief effort."
To read more about the ICS Paris fundraiser, click here.