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National Day for Staff Networks
National Day for Staff Networks

Did you know, it’s National Staff Networks Day in the UK today? This awareness day celebrates #MakingWorkBetter through networks and this year the theme is focused on #AddingValue.

I really appreciate and value all of my professional networks, both internal and external on a local and global scale. Those networks offer much-needed support at the best of times and have become even more important whilst we isolate under lockdown and work from home.

Life feels very uncertain and anxiety-inducing for many of us right now, as we navigate our way through this pandemic and the impact it is having on…


Grade 4 Colorado student, Jake, steps up for kids with anxiety & fundraises for kids in Kakuma

Meet Donna and Jake


Students around the world share messages of hope, peace & kindness!

Project Kakuma, #Postcards4Kakuma: selection of digital and handmade postcards created by students around the world.
Project Kakuma, #Postcards4Kakuma: selection of digital and handmade postcards created by students around the world.
Postcards submitted by Meghna Singh (@schonmeg123), Abhilasha Singh (@AbhilashaTochi), and Melisa Hayes (@hayes_melisa) and their global classrooms of students.

New Innovation Lab Schools for Kakuma!

If you follow the work of Innovation Lab Schools (website), or are part of our global network and community, you will know we’re currently building two shiny, new schools in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, in Kenya. This ‘Mission Kakuma’ is in collaboration with the Maggie Program.

Our new schools were shipped from Belgium in December and are being built in preparation to open the doors in March 2020.

It would not be possible to build these schools or provide a quality education to children in Kakuma without the on-going support of our partners, including hundreds of teachers across the globe.

Inspiring Kakuma kids


Let’s give our children the future they deserve

The Climate Action Project. Iceberg next to the ocean with mountains in the background.
The Climate Action Project. Iceberg next to the ocean with mountains in the background.

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, shares his support for the Climate Action Project.

The copy below, includes a transcript of Kumi Naidoo’s message as well as further information about the Project.

Climate change is a real threat

Climate change is a real threat and it requires changing people’s mindsets.

The Climate Action Project will be launched in October and involves more than 100K students across 100 countries will explore, brainstorm, discuss, create and share the findings online. They will try to solve problems and take action.

This year, there will be a global tree planting mission [PlantEd] as planting trees will buy is more…


Everything you do, actually matters

The Climate Action Project. Iceberg next to the ocean with mountains in the background.
The Climate Action Project. Iceberg next to the ocean with mountains in the background.

Inspire people around you to share the message

Celine Cousteau, documentary filmmaker and environmental and humanitarian activist, shows her support for the Climate Action Project.

The copy below, includes a transcript of Celine Couteau’s message as well as further information about the Project.

Hey there this is Celine Cousteau documentary filmmaker and environmental and humanitarian activist. Just giving a shout-out to the Climate Action Project for all the initiatives that you’re undertaking, wanting to help support and encourage you, to continue educating the people around you and taking action.

Inspiring people to really get involved in just, whether it’s local or global initiatives, to understand that all…


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”
- Mahatma Gandhi

An animated landscape scene with mountains in the background and cut-out drawings of trees and people, drawn by children.
An animated landscape scene with mountains in the background and cut-out drawings of trees and people, drawn by children.

The Amazon is burning

The lungs of our planet are on fire.

In Porto Velho, capital of a Brazilian state ravaged by recent fires, residents are on edge and falling ill from the pervasive smoke. A hymn describes the city’s sky as forever blue, but now it’s grey with smoke. (Nat Geo, YouTube)

What’s #PlantEd?


“We need a global response”

We are in a climate emergency

HRH Pricess Esmeralda of Belgium, journalist, writer, environmentalist and feminist shares her message of support for the Climate Action Project.

The copy below, includes a transcript of HRH Princess Esmeralda’s message as well as further information about the Climate Action Project.

We are in a climate emergency which is a threat to our very existence and our basic human rights to life, health, food, water. And it is already affecting the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.

For this we need a global response.

Young people are leading the way as they have always done in social movements…


A photo of a hand-drawn lemon tree.
A photo of a hand-drawn lemon tree.

Koen Timmers, Innovation Lab Schools Project Lead and Alexandra Harper have launched PlantEd, a new global initiative as part of the global education project, Climate Action.

As part of the third instalment of the Climate Action Project we are crowdsourcing drawings of trees from school children on all six continents.

Why tree art?

We want to encourage conversations about the important role trees play for the health of the planet.

We’re also collecting pictures to represent our new global tree planting initiative. We’ve already received lots of wonderful submissions from children who have been learning about the importance of trees for the climate…


Comic-style graphic with a cartoon cityscape and a speech bubble saying “Teachers, join The Goals Project!”
Comic-style graphic with a cartoon cityscape and a speech bubble saying “Teachers, join The Goals Project!”

What’s The Goals Project?

The Goals Project is an exciting new global learning initiative by Dr Jennifer Williams (website), educator, speaker, author and activist. The Project will run throughout September 2019 and is completely free to participate in.

The focus of the Project is the Global Goals.


To tackle this growing crisis, we have to take action

The Climate Action Project. Iceberg next to the ocean with mountains in the background.
The Climate Action Project. Iceberg next to the ocean with mountains in the background.

Climate change is real

Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the JaneGoodallInstitute, Roots & Shoots and Innovation Lab Schools’ partner, shares her message of support for the Climate Action Project. The copy below, includes a transcript of Dr. Goodall’s message as well as further information about the Climate Action Project.

Climate change is real.

All around the world weather patterns are changing and affecting people, animals and the environment.

To tackle this growing crisis, we have to take action.

We have to change mindsets.

The Climate Action Project is back!

This October, Koen Timmers is launching for the third year in succession, Climate Action. …

Kirsten Thompson

T4 Education Squad | Take Action Global | Digital, Uni Leeds #ProjectKakuma #WorldEduWeek #Fibro #BePartOfResearch I blog about travel at kookytraveller.com 🌎

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