Bedales Global Awareness Society
This is a student-led society, which meets weekly to discuss and respond to emerging global issues.
Recently the society has organised an exhibition in collaboration with Save the Children to highlight the ongoing crisis within the Rohingya community, played a major part in the climate strikes and connected with Extinction Rebellion. They have invited in speakers to address a range of issues including education in Sierra Leone, the Portsmouth Food Bank and the campaign to stop the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI).
The group also organise an annual Hunger Banquet; the idea of the fundraising event, which is organised in collaboration with Oxfam, allocates attendees either a large and delicious dinner or a bowl of rice, according to luck, to reflect the fact that some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.
Human Rights is a major strand that runs through the Bedales Global Awareness programme.
Students are introduced to the concept of Human Rights, the major international conventions, and case studies of rights denial and abuse throughout the world. They also learn about the organisations founded to fight for human rights, and how they can get involved.
Students have become involved with a range of issues highlighted by Amnesty International and organise an annual Valentine's Ball, with all money raised going directly to Amnesty.
Development and volunteering
The aim is to bring student voice - and creativity - to the question 'What should Bedales do?' When and how should we respond to global humanitarian disasters? Which local organisations and causes should we support? How can we make sure we learn, and raise awareness?
As part of this initiative we have established the Block 3 volunteering programme, which sees all Block 3 students spend at least an hour a week working within the Bedales community. This year students have helped in the library, within the kitchens and with Year 2 pupils at Dunannie. Our aim is to learn more from our partnership with The Putney School so we can develop this programme further.
The Global Awareness team regularly work in partnership with: HomeStart Butser, The King's Arms, FitzRoy, Oxfam, Amnesty International and Show Racism the Red Card. We are always keen to develop more partnerships based on students' interests and passions.