Stonar pupils are set to benefit from an exciting relationship with WWF, providing an opportunity to work collaboratively with pupils from across the world and build their awareness of global issues.

With its rural location on an 80 acre campus, Stonar offers a unique proposition to pupils in providing them 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 an exciting 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 nine countries, including Stonar.

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. Other activities will include pupils attending a summit at the WWF-UK Living Planet Centre, guest speaker events at individual schools, and attendance for pupils in the UK at the David Attenborough Premiere screening at the Royal Albert Hall.

Speaking about the collaboration, Stonar Headmaster, Mr Matthew Way commented: “I read recently about the rise of ‘eco-anxiety’,with more people – particularly children and teenagers – feeling helplessness and guilt over climate change. Young people across the world are very much tuned in to information about the environment, not least climate change. We often battle, as parents and teachers, to engage young people in the current affairs issues of the day (try chatting to your teenager about Brexit!), but they are well-informed and interested in the environment, sustainability and climate change. As a 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”.

“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. WWF’s partnership with Globeducate schools across nine countries is crucial, allowing us to inspire and engage a global educational community at this pivotal time for our planet.” Matt Larsen-Daw, Our Planet Education Manager at WWF-UK.

“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.” Daniel Jones, Chief Education Officer of Globeducate.

WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, active in nearly 100 countries. Their supporters – totally more than five million – are helping the organisation to restore nature and to tackle the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. WWF are fighting to ensure a world with thriving habitats and species and to change hearts and minds so it becomes unacceptable to overuse our planet’s resources.

At the start of this year, Stonar’s Prep School chose to support the charity Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) and have succeeded in raising a grand total of £5,156.34.

When asked why they felt so passionately about the cause, pupils commented: “Saving endangered animals is important, and by bringing back the rainforests we’ll also be helping thousands of other types of animal too.”

Pupils in the Prep School at Stonar are encouraged through their curriculum topics to develop an understanding and empathy for global environmental issues. A team of pupils take on charity leader roles within the school and build awareness of the chosen cause each academic year. To read about the event visit https://bit.ly/2Htn1rv