Global Citizenship Badge Scheme
Children help children. Students support students.
We connect schools in the developed world with our schools in post conflict regions in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Nepal.
Pupils in the developed world school fundraise and engage with the UWS school. The pupils receive accounts of life in schools in other countries, visual case studies, and often visit the school and meet the pupils they help support. The children in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal benefit from an education they might otherwise have been denied.
About the UWS Global Citizenship Badge Scheme
The UWS Global Citizenship badge is just one way we recognise and reward active Global Citizens who believe in making a difference and who support the UWS movement.
- We hope students become truly engaged with the programme.
- We foster global citizens who learn, actively support and raise awareness of the impact education can have in all areas of the world.
- We set up mutually beneficial partnerships to educate thousands of children in post conflict areas while embedding in the western world the value of education and current global issues.
How do the badges work?
There are three levels of the award (bronze, silver and gold), which recognise different levels of commitment to the work we do. The basic premise of the award is that the students “learn, share and act” on behalf of the charity:
- “Learning” might include use of materials we send over about our schools and the history, politics or geography of Cambodia, Myanmar or Nepal
- “Sharing” might be an assembly or a poster outlining the work UWS does for the rest of the school
- “Acting” would include participation in fundraising events, or writing something for us to post on our website or twitter
There are 4 badges available:
- Bronze – All ages, 5-10 hours over one term.
- Silver – Typically for 11-16 year olds, 15-30 hours over 6+ months.
- Gold – 14 years +, typically achieved over 12 months or more.
- Platinum – For the ultimate UWS ambassadors and champions. 16 years +, links to career and higher education pathways
Pupils work with their teacher and:
- Set goals and select a badge. Start at bronze level and work up, or go straight for gold!
- Plan activities and what evidence to collect, based on the Learn, Share & Act framework.
- Share, compare and improve ideas by working with classmates, teachers and others completing the badge.
- Self-assess evidence against the criteria provided.
- Present evidence to the teachers when all criteria are met. If the teacher agrees, send it off to the UWS team.
- If successful, receive a certificate and badge! If there are areas to develop, review progress with teachers and friends, then re-submit updated evidence.
“My name is Jo, I’m 10, and I have been working for my Bronze Award. Our teacher showed us a video from the UWS website about what life is like in a village in Cambodia. Then we learned about the school that we are linked with –UWS Chai Thom School.”
“The children are very poor but now they can read and write. We did a project about life in the village. We wanted to help them so we told our parents and friends about the school and did a sponsored hop around the football pitch called “Leg Up for UWS” to raise money for the children at Chai Thom. Our target was to each raise £5. I raised £11.40. We had our picture from the day in the local newspaper too.”Jo, 10
Join the UWS Global Citizenship Badge Scheme
If you would like to learn more about the UWS Global Citizenship Badge scheme contact Jack at [email protected].
For a sample of materials included, download the Student Guide to the UWS Global Citizenship Badge.
What our badge winners say
“Hi, I’m Radika,”
“I’ve just been presented with my UWS Silver Badge. To qualify, I had to show three things: my knowledge and understanding of global citizenship; how I had shared my knowledge and understanding and how I’d put my knowledge into practice.”
“Learning: In our humanities lessons, we learned about how different life is in developing countries and I wrote a blog on my project about life in a rural village in Cambodia – I used information on the UWS website, the Facebook page and my research on Cambodia to plan my blog. I’ve shared a link to my blog on our VLE so that year 7 next year can use it for their projects. I also arranged a skype call with one the UWS Cambodia team
to find out more.”
“Sharing: Some of us in our class gave an assembly to the rest of our year about our UWS school in Cambodia that our school supports. I took part in the role play and set up the video for the assembly.”
“Acting: I helped our class raise money for Takok Jong school in Cambodia. Two of us made some flapjacks at home for the cake sale and sold them during the school charity week. We raised £75. I also sang in the school music show which raised £300, of which 50% was for UWS (the rest went to a local charity).”Radika
“Gaining my UWS Gold Global Citizenship Badge was one of my personal development goals I set with my tutor at the start of the year. I then achieved the badge by participating in various activities and events through out the year.”
“My first project was to write a piece for the school magazine about multiculturalism and the importance of fellow students’ engagement with different cultures in the 21st Century. The piece was published as part of our Global Citizenship Awareness Week in October.”
“Later in the year, as part of my supporting role on the UWS committee, I led an assembly in a local primary school on the importance of education, using our UWS Cambodia School as a case study. I also mentored some of the students in the primary school to achieve a Bronze Badge. We agreed with the School Chaplain that 50% of the donations during our Christmas Carols would be for our UWS Partner School. In the summer we also organised and ran the fancy dress Charity Mile during sports day, where each student paid a pound to enter.”
“It was also important to me to make a personal pledge to UWS, so I persuaded my family to use www.thegivingmachine.org to generate small donations each time we shop online. We do a lot of our food shopping online, and over the year this raised £65 for UWS.”Alun
“As a member of the team who visited our UWS Partner School in Cambodia, achieving the Platinum Global Citizenship Badge was a priority for me in Year 12. Gaining my UWS Platinum award was also personally important as this year I am completing my application for university for a course in International Development. The projects we ran in Cambodia gave me first hand experience of working in poor and remote communities. I have also been involved with the leadership of various in-school and community-based activities in support of UWS and our partner school.”
“My International Baccalaureate Extended Essay considered the impact of corruption on international development, and specifically considered the impact it has on Cambodia and the Cambodian education system. Having worked with the UWS Team in Cambodia, I was able to give specific examples of the difficulties corruption causes, and how NGOs work transparently in this context. The essay was uploaded and shared on the main UWS website and in one of their monthly newsletters.”
“I also took on a leadership role with the UWS committee, which I very much enjoyed. As well as supporting other student-led events, and peer mentoring Year 7s with their Bronze Award, I was responsible for organising the t-shirt printing for the staff, students and local community members who took part in a 10K run in aid of UWS. On the day of the run, I wore a small video camera, and later produced and narrated a video of participants, which was shown in assemblies in the week afterwards, and was included in our alumni network e-newsletter.”
“My personal pledge was to raise £250 for UWS during the year. I did this with my family – we sent electronic Christmas cards that I designed, and donated what we would have spent on postage and the cards to UWS. I was also responsible for an online clothes sale for UWS through eBay for Charity, and promoted the sale via my Facebook page and on Twitter.”Vandana
More on partnering your school
Other ways a UWS school partnership benefits your school
- Western children build a relationship with the pupils and fundraise for their counterpart school.
- Regions of the world not previously well publicised are promoted through UWS,
- We give pupils the opportunity to take real ownership in a project through the school partnership, as well as the ability to use the skills developed from fundraising or volunteering to put to continued global benefit.
- Curriculum projects can be promoted through UWS. These would previously have been case studies with less school involvement, not delivering global citizenship values as effectively.
- Charity fundraising and involvement of local businesses.
- The global citizenship clearly offered by the partner school is welcomed by parents.
- Integration with the IB programme.
- Expedition opportunities, as well as alumnae volunteering opportunities.