From Homework to Orangutan Rescue: a fine example of Global Citizenship


One of the educational aims of The British School of Barcelona is to encourage all of our students to become fully global citizens; young people who are aware of the wider world and understand their place in it; young people who see that they have power to act and influence the world around them; young people who take an active role in their community and work with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer.

This is exactly what Primary students Victoria, Sarah and Alisa (Year 6) and Melissa (Year 4) have exemplified over the week. Prompted by an activity in her homework, Victoria felt she had to do something to help the population of endangered orangutans in the wild due to the massive expansion of palm oil plantations in places like Borneo and Sumatra.

Led by Victoria, the four girls started a fundraising campaign for Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia, a non-profit foundation that operates for the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their ecosystem. Over one week, they have been selling cakes and cookies, T-shirts pins, pencils, headbands, masks, hand-made bookmarks and small toys around Early Years and Primary school at BSB Castelldefels. As a result of this campaign, including some additional family donations, they have managed to raise an overall of 500 euros to help the orangutans, which will be used to provide shelter and supplies for the animals.

Their amazing action has been applauded in celebration assembly, and hugely appreciated by BOS.

A fine example of global citizenship and a fantastic application of some of the Learning Habits which are intrinsic to everything we do at BSB: Curiosity, Determination and Leadership. Well-done, girls!