Articulating sustainable development with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
At the end of November 2016, UWCSEA welcomed Sara Heinrich from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to work with teachers and curriculum leaders on the best practice approaches to articulating Sustainable Development within the K1- Grade 12 educational journey.
Supported by the UWCSEA Annual Fund, this collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will also aim to deepen the necessary knowledge and systems-thinking skills that our students will need to aid the transition to a circular economy. This is the new paradigm of an industrial economy that challenges the existing linear "Take, Make and Dispose'' model and is instead restorative by design, maximising resource efficiency and minimising waste.
The collaboration has already inspired students to develop projects that promote sustainability. On 25 November 2016, one group of students took part in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Disruptive Innovation Festival, an online, open access event that invites thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, designers and learners to explore the question 'The economy is changing - what do I need to know, experience and do?'. Their submission promoted their Circle consultancy organisation which helps individuals and organisations create a circular lifestyle. You can catch their video here.
"This group's positive and engaging approach to Sustainability is exactly the sort of development we hoped this collaboration would bring. Not only does it allow students to deepen their thinking and develop 21st-century skills such as effective communication, but gives us the opportunity to showcase and share our learning with a much wider audience with hopefully a much bigger impact" Nathan Hunt, Director of Sustainability.
Giving to the College, through the Annual Fund and UWCSEA Foundation, enriches the unique UWC learning experience and brings the College closer to achieving its mission.