Posted on January 24, 2020

The service experience created by the Global Citizenship and Community Action programme (GCCA) at the International School of London (ISL) Qatar encourages students to become caring, compassionate, responsible and knowledgeable global citizens, capable of making this a better world for all.

As part of the curriculum, GCCA activities offer opportunities to apply concepts, skills and knowledge as students explore the complex global community, gain personal insight, develop existing and new skills, and grow in confidence and responsibility as they engage in the ‘real world’ beyond school. During the first term, students held several activities in support of the Global Citizenship and Community Action.The Second Chance Animal Shelter Extra Curricular Activity Group worked on initiatives to support the  local shelter. They held a movie event and contributed to the ISL Qatar Market Day selling homemade sweet snacks.

The group has raised over QR1,600. Besides the fundraising, the students visited the shelter every two weeks to learn about animal welfare, walk the dogs and cats. The group of 12 students from Grade 6 to 11 intends to continue their positive community involvement in the second term. Grade 9 students initiated a GCCA assembly for students as part of their Service as Action Programme. The girls invited Jose Saucedo, a representative from Doha Environmental Actions Project (DEAP), to give a talk and encourage the community to take action against pollution by recycling and composting their waste and becoming a role model to their peers.

In addition, one of the Grade 10 students announced the launch of her ‘Greener Blue Personal Project’ for climate change awareness and asked the community to wear blue. A couple of primary students also encouraged the school to help raise awareness of the Australian bush fires as part of their ‘Sharing the Planet’ movement. Besides, six students in Grade 8 organised a flea market as they initiated as a part of their Service as Action programme required by the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The proceeds from the sale will go to support the Education Above All charity to give all children in the world the chance to get proper education.

An ISL Qatar staff member started a community action programme for the ISL Qatar support staff with the help of some of the students and parents. The team sold fatayes during break times to raise funds for the community members. This initiative will continue until the end of the year.

source: Qatar Tribune