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SCHOOLS PROGRAM

Overview

The United Nations was founded in 1945 to end extreme poverty. While ambitious and aspirational, it reflected a post-war era approach to solving hard problems. There was an optimism that the future is forged, not given.

What happened?

Fast-forward seven decades, 1 in 113 people worldwide are displaced. That’s averaging 24 persons every minute; 4 times the displacement rate just one decade ago.

This is not to dismiss the magnitude of progress in its entirety. We’ve eradicated polio, stemmed the flow of malaria, and uplifted hundreds of millions through school education. All notable achievements. All important developments.

Yet, the shadow of poverty continues to cast a pall over entire nations. Forced migration and asylum seeker rates are getting worse, not better. One in nine people are still chronically undernourished.

These are the biggest issues of our time.

Somewhere along the way, we lowered our sights. We became sceptical and pessimistic. Accepting of a future that may be worse than the past we inherited. Maybe it’s cyclical. Or maybe it’s a poverty of ambition.

Regardless, time unravels and so too do the problems left unresolved. While the arc of humanity may bend towards progress, it does not bend on its own. It needs smart, committed professionals to dedicate themselves to the issues at hand.

For the future does not belong to those who are apathetic with yesterday, content with today, and indifferent towards tomorrow. It belongs to those who can blend vision with enterprise, reason with courage, and those who can find that essential balance between practicality and idealism.

The future depends on what we do in the present.

“Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.” Albert Schweitzer


Program Aims

Increase young people’s awareness that International Humanitarianism is a viable career.
Attract and prepare talented and passionate individuals to work on the world’s grandest challenges.
Young people understand the technical and soft skills required to be a successful Humanitarian in the 21st century.


Methodology

The program is a high-energy, transformative learning experience. Comprised of interactive workshops that challenge commonly held beliefs about International Aid and Development - inspiring students to engage in their communities as global citizens.


Results

Students have clear understanding of the demands, and opportunities available, in the International Humanitarian industry. 

Students develop ‘Action Plans’ that support their transition from study to work.

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