Our students in the Dutch news
Posted 01/12/2017 11:14
Last year Ms Simone Bergmann interviewed some of our Global Initiative Network (GIN) students as part of the research she was doing for the local government of Loosduinen into what drives young people in Loosduinen.

Below is the English translation of the article published on, that she wrote following the interviews. For the full Dutch article please click on HERE

It's such a positive reflection of our students and how involved they are in making a difference!

Together step by step towards a better world

Simone Bergmann Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:58

Bruno, Finn and Stephen have a great time at The International School of The Hague in Loosduinen. The students are year 8 students and are in the same class together. In the large, bright hall of their school, filled with the positive activity of fellow pupils, they tell me about the Global Issues Network that they take part in. This initiative focuses on encouraging young people to collaborate on a project-basis, at local, regional, and international level on sustainable solutions for global problems.

The boys clearly show enthusiasm and focus when they say that they come together faithfully every week to discuss global issues, to see where they can contribute to the improvement of certain situations. In 2016, for example, they helped a school (under construction) in Tanzania on a water pump. How? They say: "We organized 'bake sales' at school selling all kinds of delicious things, such as pancakes, hot chocolate, etc. for pupils, teachers, and visitors including our own families. Everyone was enthusiastic and we raised € 1,200.00. "

It's the little things ...
Bruno, Finn and Stephen do this in their free time after school. Why? The most important reason for all three is that they want to contribute to a better world. Because of the international work of their parents, they have been able to see that there may be major differences in different countries in, for example, the economy, the well-being and the environment. Perhaps if you do it right, you can create the space to do something positive for something or someone other than yourself. "You can start with small things," says Bruno. "It is important that we are open to change and also dare to look at things differently." All three of them are used to dealing with many different nationalities and their attitude is therefore very inclusive. Everyone is in fact ... different. That is just normal and accepted.

Bruno, Finn and Stephen are also enthusiastic about a project to reduce the use of electricity in their own school building. In short, they investigated and mapped out where in the school lights are burning unnecessary (long) and discussed this with the manager of the building on the basis of a plan. And indeed, due to their involvement something was done about it! I Naturally at home the boys also try to pay attention to their own light consumption, the separation of dirt etc.

Being creative
However, a question remains. These are pretty serious things, so what else do you do, so to speak, to relax a little? Bruno says he swims, plays basketball, and saxophone. Finn plays football and the trombone. And Stephen? "I play football and trumpet." They also sometimes play together. Because as you read, they can. Great!

Just a final note from these socially driven, enterprising, creative students? "Start in your own community. Look around you. At your own school, in your own area or neighborhood ... Take action, do not always postpone. Do not continue to complain or just talk about it. If we do it together, we will make the world a better place! "

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