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Search to find the young global citizens

Published Thursday 8th of November 2018 03:20:32 PM

The hunt is on once more to find the region’s aspiring young global citizens as ACS International Schools launches its Global Citizens Award for their second consecutive year. Reflecting ACS International Schools’ ethos and inclusive values, the Awards, which carry two top prizes of £1000 each, are designed to recognise, encourage and reward young people who are making a difference to their local or international communities. Open to school children across the London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire area, the Awards operate across two age categories: 9 – 11 (school years 5 and 6) and ages 12 – 14 (school years 7 to 9). The top prize of £1,000 in each category will be split equally between the winning students and their respective schools. As well as the Global Citizen Awards, applications are also open for the schools’ bursary programme, which offers financial awards, ranging from ten to 100 per cent of fees, for children aged 11 , 13 and 16 . Deadline for applications to start in 2019/2020 closes on 13th December 2018. To enter, students are asked to describe in no more than 500 words how they are supporting the cause, challenge or charity they are championing. Entries can be submitted until midnight on February 22 2019 via the schools’ website acs-schools.com/award and winners will be selected by a panel of judges including the Heads at ACS International Schools’ three UK campuses: ACS Cobham, ACS Hillingdon and ACS Egham. Tim Cagney, Chief Executive, ACS International Schools, commented: “It’s increasingly important for young people to have a global mindset and the Global Citizen Awards is a fantastic opportunity to support students who make a positive contribution to society by going above and beyond to care about communities both here and further afield in other countries. “As part of their submission, students should demonstrate what their activity is, what they hope to achieve and who will benefit as a result.” In the 2018 Awards, Ellie Goldsmith, who attends Latymer Prep School in Hammersmith, received £1000 for her fundraising efforts supporting the N/a‘an Ku Se Club based at her school. The club raises money to help children from San Bushman tribal communities in southern Africa to attend primary school. Two other awards were also presented to Chloe Grey, aged ten, and Ijan Hodzic, aged 14 from ACS International Schools. Chloe Grey, a winning student from ACS Egham, raised money for ‘Project Nepal,’ a school fundraising scheme to support communities in the Kathmandu Valley, by teaching origami classes, creating YouTube tutorials and selling a variety of gifts. Chloe commented: “I applied for the Global Citizen Awards because I felt like I needed to help and give children all over the world a chance to go to school like us. I raised money by making and selling origami packs. When I won the award, I felt over the moon because I knew that Project Nepal would have more money to give food, books, clothes, backpacks, winter care packs, blankets, and many more supplies. If you’re thinking of applying just go for it, it can make a really big difference.”
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