Nobel International School Algarve students are set to benefit from an “exciting relationship” with WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, active in nearly 100 countries.
With its large, green campus with extensive grounds and woodland, Nobel Algarve provides pupils with a “countryside school, yet with global goals”.
The school’s inclusion in the forward-thinking Globeducate group provides pupils of all ages with opportunities to build relationships with others from around the world, to travel and to leave the school well-informed and inspired to be involved in important global issues.
Last week, a partnership between Globeducate and WWF was confirmed as part of the international group of schools’ global agenda for change. This collaboration will impact on the education of more than 25,000 young people and their wider communities in 10 countries, including Nobel Algarve.
The partnership will see all schools host screenings of the Netflix “Our Planet” series and educational activities associated with this for the whole school community. Pupils will also take part in the charity’s “Wear It Wild” event in June, raising money to protect endangered species.
Speaking about the collaboration, Nobel Algarve Head of School Mike Farrer commented: “We often battle, as parents and teachers, to engage young people in the current affairs issues of the day, but they are well-informed and interested in the environment and sustainability. As an Eco-School, we want to encourage this interest and we want to offer opportunities for real, hands-on engagement and, in the process, our pupils will feel that they are able to bring about tangible change”.
Cátia Nunes, ANP/WWF Portugal, said: “ANP|WWF Portugal believes youth holds power over the whole society, as they are solely focused on making a difference – they influence their parents, their peers, they inspire teachers and siblings. Raising awareness and harnessing change are two of the main drivers for our educational programme in Portugal, and this partnership with Globeducate and Nobel International School Algarve will help us expand our reach.”
Matt Larsen-Daw, Our Planet Education Manager at WWF-UK, said: “The challenges that lie ahead for society as a result of climate change and biodiversity loss are global ones. Connecting students, teachers and educational programmes across borders is, therefore, a powerful tool in preparing the next generations to tackle these challenges and play a key role in defining a sustainable future.”
Daniel Jones, Chief Education Officer of Globeducate, said: “We are delighted to be the first international schools’ group to work this closely with WWF.
Globeducate schools prepare each student to be a global citizen who can shape the world and we launched our global agenda at the start of this year. With the WWF having played a key role in identifying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, it was a natural partnership for us. WWF will support our schools in sourcing inspirational speakers and our teachers will have access to online training.”