A Roaring Success with WWF in 2020

Two girls hugging during wear it wild day

How could we deliver on our mission to prepare each student to be a global citizen who could shape the world? How could we help teachers to bring to life the United Nations sustainable development goals in classrooms across the world, to give meaning at an individual student level to a set of agreements made by world leaders in Rio de Janeiro?

January 2020 saw the launch of a unique and exciting partnership between Globeducate and World Wildlife Fund, WWF – the world's leading organisation in wildlife conservation and endangered species. Little did we know that this relationship would prove so impactful and important in what would turn out to be a very unusual school year that would demand something extra from all educators. Not only would Covid-19 cause school closures, it would be linked back to human destruction of biodiversity, making conservation and sustainability education a hot topic for 2020.

We all went wild for endangered species!

The year's WWF activities culminated with Wear it Wild Day, 5th June – screens across the group burst into a colour assault on the eyes with wild animal themed costumes, masks and artwork, and we heard wildlife themed songs and poetry, as children from pre-school to secondary level came together across nine countries and three continents to raise awareness of preserving endangered species from all over the world.

ICS Milan "Wear It Wild Day"

Teachers, inspired by the work already completed during the year, took up the opportunity to participate in WWF and TES Institute teacher training in sustainability education – teachers were invited to not only complete an established online course on the TES platform but were able to pilot a new online course for WWF.  The courses offered 8 modules and aimed to develop confidence in teaching Sustainability Education.

We return to school this September with another engaging and inspiring programme of activities with WWF, including a group-wide Festival of Sustainability.