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Global Concerns

The College’s Service programme beyond Singapore is called Global Concerns (GC). A unique student run and led programme, GC is the foundation on which UWCSEA’s extensive philanthropy activities are built. Global Concerns’ wide variety of activities and projects reflect a range of global development challenges and associated environmental issues. The GC programme seeks suitable partners and ways to enact solutions. The projects that UWCSEA are involved in reflect concern for people and human economic development in a way which is sensitive to culture, the environment and sustainability.

We operate on a small scale, partnering with grassroots organisations outside Singapore which allows us to develop close relationships, and encourage visits by students, parents and staff to work on and see first-hand how the projects operate.

Special efforts are made in our Primary and Middle Schools to incorporate Global Concerns into the curriculum. We hope that as a result of their experiences, our students leave us with a lasting commitment to Global Concerns and an ability to turn ideas into action. For more information on Global Concerns Executive, click here

Number of Global Concern projects run by students within the College community each year

Global concern projects

A Key for Guatemala

A Key for Guatemala (Una Llave para Guatemala) supports the organization ‘From Houses to Homes’ (De Casas a Hogares) based in Antigua, Guatemala. The organization aims to help Guatemalan families who are living in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day), most of whom cannot afford shelter for their families, nor  the basic necessities of medical care and education for their children.

empowerment
ACE
Bangladesh

Asian Children’s Education (ACE) supports the JAAGO Foundation, a Bangladesh-based organisation which caters to the education needs of children from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

education
ACRES
Singapore

ACRES aims to protect animals. Through their research findings they educate the public by promoting active community involvement in the animal protection movement, as well as striving towards synergistic partnerships with authorities and related parties.  UWCSEA's involvement through their Action for ACRES programme came about in 2012 when the Grade 1 students became Animal Benefactors for ACRES, raising funds to sponsor three animals that had been rescued and were being rehabilitated by ACRES.

environmental
Africa GC: Kalahari
South Africa

The Kalahari Global Concern group works year round to raise funds to inspire, motivate and empower Kalahari learners to reach their full potential. The students we support live in the Moshaweng Valley, an isolated area in the Kalahari Desert. We are part of a network of several schools that are in direct contact with the village communities in the Moshaweng Valley, home to 30,000 people.

education
Africa GC: The School of St Jude
Tanzania

The School of St Jude educates and accommodates children from the poorest families in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa.

education
Akanksha
India

The Akanksha Foundation is working towards bridging the educational inequality in India, by establishing centers and schools near slums in Pune and Mumbai. The foundation currently helps 4000 underprivileged children to get a better education, thereby investing in India’s future.

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Bala Vihar
India

Bala Vihar was established in Chennai, India in 1953 and provides a loving and nurturing environment for children and adults with special needs. 

health
Bali Bridges
Indonesia

There are over 13,000 children in Bali, Indonesia who are orphaned or living in severe poverty. Widhya Asih, a non-profit making organisation, was established in Bali in 1975 to support communities and children, living on or under the poverty line. UWCSEA established their partnership with the Widhya Asih organisation in 2006.

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Akanksha
India

The Akanksha Foundation is working towards bridging the educational inequality in India, by establishing centers and schools near slums in Pune and Mumbai. The foundation currently helps 4000 underprivileged children to get a better education, thereby investing in India’s future.

children
Bali Bridges
Indonesia

There are over 13,000 children in Bali, Indonesia who are orphaned or living in severe poverty. Widhya Asih, a non-profit making organisation, was established in Bali in 1975 to support communities and children, living on or under the poverty line. UWCSEA established their partnership with the Widhya Asih organisation in 2006.

children
Baobei
China

UWCSEA has supported Baobei Foundation since 2008, and strives to raise funds for the costs of transportation of the abandoned infants from rural villages to Shanghai, alongside the surgeries, the day to day aftercare, but the Global Concern also raises awareness of the cause among the student body.

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Blue Dragon
Vietnam

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation NGO focuses on providing street children with education, nutrition, health care, counselling, physical and creative activities, rescue, legal advocacy and a safe shelter. Their work is led by a team of social workers, psychologists, teachers and lawyers.

Blue Dragon GC works to raise awareness of Blue Dragon’s success stories. They read monthly newsletters and communicate regularly with the NGO. The GC group run community building sports events and collaborate with Blue Dragon children on photography projects, which are exhibited within the College and beyond.

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Bombay Street Kids
India

Bombay Street Kids at UWCSEA began their partnership with VOICE in August 2000, and currently supports a computer-training centre along with the daily mini meal scheme for primary school children living in makeshift homes beside the Borivali railway line.

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Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN)
Nepal

"Education is a right, not a privilege." Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) acts as a voice for children who have been exploited as child workers. Most of the children are the victims of bonded labour or have been trafficked into the sex industry. CWIN campaigns against this mistreatment by providing temporary shelters and rehabilitation for children who have been rescued off the streets.

children
Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF)
Vietnam and Mongolia

Christina Noble Children's Foundation is a Global Concern dedicated to providing hope to children living and working on the streets and helping them to maximize their life potential. The organisation is active in Vietnam and Mongolia. 

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Empowering Children of Vietnam (ECOV)
Vietnam

Empowering Children Of Vietnam (ECOV) is a Global Concern which strives to support children in Vietnam. The GC is student run, and consists of students in Grades 9 through 12 and it was established as a Global Concern in 2003.

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ACE
Bangladesh

Asian Children’s Education (ACE) supports the JAAGO Foundation, a Bangladesh-based organisation which caters to the education needs of children from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

education
Africa GC: Kalahari
South Africa

The Kalahari Global Concern group works year round to raise funds to inspire, motivate and empower Kalahari learners to reach their full potential. The students we support live in the Moshaweng Valley, an isolated area in the Kalahari Desert. We are part of a network of several schools that are in direct contact with the village communities in the Moshaweng Valley, home to 30,000 people.

education
Africa GC: The School of St Jude
Tanzania

The School of St Jude educates and accommodates children from the poorest families in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa.

education
Bala Vihar
India

Bala Vihar was established in Chennai, India in 1953 and provides a loving and nurturing environment for children and adults with special needs. 

health
Big Brother Mouse
Laos

Located in Laos, Big Brother Mouse aims to promote literacy and education in small villages in Luang Prabang. They work to publish books in the local Laos language and give every child an opportunity for education, as well as giving adults a chance to learn (that they may have not had previously). 

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Cancer Awareness
India

The CPAA GC group supports the cost of treatment for cancer patients living in poverty in Mumbai, as well as health screening schemes and rehabilitation projects. They educate the UWCSEA community about cancer—knowledge is power! They raise funds through Hair for Hope, an annual hair shaving event to show solidarity with cancer patients, gain empathy, donate hair and provide financial aid for treatment.

health
CPAA
India

CPAA supports the cost of treatment for cancer patients living in poverty in India, who otherwise would not be able to afford such medical assistance. These patients suffer from recurrent and potentially fatal malignancies. UWCSEA has been supporting CPAA since 2008.

education
EPIC Arts
Cambodia

EPIC Arts provides a range of professional dance, drama, music and arts programs to people of all abilities and disabilities in order to promote empowerment, integration and acceptance. The Grade 5 UWCSEA East students support the Peace Class, which is a class for students with cerebral palsy, autism and Down’s Syndrome.

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A Key for Guatemala

A Key for Guatemala (Una Llave para Guatemala) supports the organization ‘From Houses to Homes’ (De Casas a Hogares) based in Antigua, Guatemala. The organization aims to help Guatemalan families who are living in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day), most of whom cannot afford shelter for their families, nor  the basic necessities of medical care and education for their children.

empowerment
Because I Am Focus Group

Because I Am Focus Group is a forum for discussion of contemporary gender issues in our world. By challenging male and female stereotyping, questioning what we consider to be gender 'norms', and lending support to projects that align with our mission, we want to change how gender is talked about in the conversations we have.

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Casa Da Amizade
Brazil

Casa Da Amizade GC works hard to provide community, social and educational activities for the children of over 200 families in São Paulo's Paraisòpolis favela (shantytown) who would otherwise have no access to an education in this vulnerable community. UWCSEA's partnership with Casa Da Amizade started in 2012, and our financial contribution to the Casa supports their work in educating and sheltering those left behind by Brazil's economic boom.

empowerment
Daraja Academy
Kenya

Daraja Academy is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership skills but no means to continue their education. The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare and counseling services which allows students to focus on their academic and personal potential, without being hindered by the everyday barriers of poverty.

empowerment
Delhi
India

Delhi GC is proud to support Prayatn, an organisation whose name means 'effort' - an effort towards the development of the disadvantaged sections of society in South Delhi, India.

empowerment
Equality Focus Group
Global

Equality Focus Group aims to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community and discriminated minorities, by establishing a more secure environment for those who identify as a part of this community. Students discuss the issues of visibility, stereotypes, and prejudice within the school community in order to host educational events and execute campaigns to combat ignorance. 

empowerment
GOONJ
India

GOONJ GC supports an NGO called ‘Goonj’ based in India that tackles with an essential human need that is often ignored – clothing. As hundreds die each year in the harsh winter weather of India, Goonj supplies these people with clothing donated from cities all around the world. GOONJ Global Concern was established in 2009.

empowerment
I-India
India

I-India is an organisation that aims to provide care, love and development for street children in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India. I-India aims to not only support the short term needs of children such as nutrition and health needs but also to address the long term needs such as education and the development of vocational skills.

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ACRES
Singapore

ACRES aims to protect animals. Through their research findings they educate the public by promoting active community involvement in the animal protection movement, as well as striving towards synergistic partnerships with authorities and related parties.  UWCSEA's involvement through their Action for ACRES programme came about in 2012 when the Grade 1 students became Animal Benefactors for ACRES, raising funds to sponsor three animals that had been rescued and were being rehabilitated by ACRES.

environmental
Gili Eco Trust
Indonesia

Gili Eco Trust NGO works to fight for marine ecosystems and develops sustainability initiatives and education. They aim to protect coral reefs from destructive fishing practices, work to prevent soil and beach erosion, run island-wide clean up programmes, educate the local community, work towards effective waste management and defend animal rights.

environmental
LEAF
Singapore and India

LEAF GC aims to promote sustainable practices and advocate environmental awareness on campus. 

environmental
Lighting a Billion Lives
India

Lighting a Billion Lives Global Concern supports the Lighting a Billion Lives division of The Energy and Resource Institute of India. The GC aims to enhance the lives of villagers by proliferating solar energy to rural villages that lack a sustainable form of lighting that is economical, environmentally friendly or healthy

environmental
Ocean Filters
Global

This GC takes action to inform the school community of plastic pollution, particularly in the ocean, and to address the problems that arise from it.

environmental
PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare)
Singapore

Promoting Animal Welfare (PAW) is a Middle School and High School Global Concern that is determined to raise awareness and change the world's perspective about animal protection.

environmental
Project Sun Bear
Cambodia

Project Sun Bear Focus Group is working to save the endangered Sun Bear. Students in this group have supported Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in their work to rehabilitate abused bears.

environmental
Tiger Watch, India
India

Tiger Watch NGO is dedicated to the conservation and protection of tigers in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Their ultimate goal is to sustain a safe living environment for tigers, and to reduce the amount of poaching in Ranthambore.


 

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