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GEMS Schools host world’s first sustainability Schools Conference of Parties Expo (SCOPE).

GEMS Schools host world’s first sustainability Schools Conference of Parties Expo (SCOPE).

GEMS Education, the world’s biggest private education provider, is entertaining the world’s first Schools Conference of Parties Expo (SCOPE), centred on children driving sustainability and climate change on 24-25 October 2020.

SCOPE will be an inter-school panel of student voices and action against climate change, strengthening schools and young characters from all parts of the world, including India, Costa Rica and Australia, as they cooperate and address the important issues of climate change all over the globe. 

The two-day event will empower students to investigate solutions and use their creativity to show their feelings and anxieties about climate change. Hosted and led by GEMS Kindergarten Starters (KGS), 40 schools extensive are registered to participate. The event is supported The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC: Learn) and Expo 2020 Dubai, the next World Expo to be held in Dubai in 2021.

Special guests in attendance include the world’s youngest green activist Licypriya Kangujam. The nine-year-old is founder of The Child Movement and will be joined by 16-year-old Leah Namugerwa, an environmental activist from Uganda who, inspired by Greta Thunberg, has led student protests for climate change. The two activists will be supported by Melanie Harwood, co-founder of Harwood Education and eduCCate Global; Niclas Svenningsen, Manager – United Nations Climate Change, Global Climate Action; Angus Mackay, director at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); and Dino Varkey, GEMS CEO, to name a few.

Asha Alexander, Principal/CEO of The Kindergarten Starters (KGS), said: “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our survival as a species and it is young people who are the future. SCOPE is an event for young people all over the world to unite and help create the change they want to see.” Kifa Bukhari, grade 3 student environmental activist at The Kindergarten Starters, said: “Our planet is suffering and we can’t ignore it any more. We can all commit to creating a more sustainable society from the youngest to the oldest - just by planting a tree, we plant a legacy.”

KGS has a long record of dedication to environmental issues and sustainability and leads the way internationally in environmental education and environmental literacy. It is also the first school in the world where every teacher in each classroom is an accredited eduCCAte Global climate change teacher.