Recognizing and instilling the value of social and emotional learning alongside the academic core is important to us at Branksome Hall Asia. We continue to move from an abstract understanding of “leading” and “service” to a new paradigm of leadership through service that values a sense of concern and the readiness to be social explorers. We continue to challenge minds, educate hearts and form compassionate and conscientious women leaders of tomorrow.
In September 2015, world leaders came together to announce the UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. These global goals will help drive change in the next 15 years for the most critical issues that humanity faces today.
As a community of engaged learners and contributors, we at Branksome are using these goals as a guiding set of values and framework for plans of action starting with Junior school and all the way up to the Middle/Senior School. Using a model that empowers students to discover, make choices and think creatively (Feel-Imagine-Do-Share), we are contributing to making the vision of these goals a reality.
You can find out more about the United Nations Global Goals here.
- Branksome Hall Asia commitment to goal #5-Gender Equality
- Branksome Hall Asia commitment to goal #14 - Life below water
- Branksome Hall Asia commitment to goal #16 - Peace & Justice
On November 17, 2015, Branksome Hall Asia students were invited to participate in an event organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Seoul.
Countries and communities around the world celebrate GEW by bringing together innovators, trailblazers and experts in entrepreneurship to share and discuss their knowledge, success stories and latest entrepreneurship trends and policies.
GEW Women 2015 was celebrated at this event by a special afternoon session dedicated to young women who were challenged to break through gender stereotypes and achieve their dreams.
Anne Hoglund, ambassador of Sweden gave a congratulatory address to the participants. Professor Ji-ae Sohn (Former CNN Seoul Bureau Chief, former CEO of Arirang), Ms. Grace Choi (Policy advisor at the U.S. Secretary’s Office on Global Women’s issues), Dr. Ogan Gurel (Senior advisor for innovation, Campus D) Mr. Robert Ogburn (Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy) led mentorship sessions with students emphasizing that women can catalyze positive change in their lives and communities. They pointed out that the scale of the challenges we face in the world today and the accelerating speed of innovation is demanding a new approach to leadership which is different from the autocratic and efficient model on which the modern economy is founded. They encouraged young women participants to be transformational leaders, embracing failures, nurturing resilience and fostering grit. It was also pointed out that engaging men as allies is of importance to women’s advancement. Further, they were provoked to challenge conventional wisdom, generate ideas and open their minds to uncomfortable solutions. The overall message for students was that the human spirit has an enormous capacity for meeting challenges and one way to achieve dreams of greatness is to “reach higher than you think you can” regardless of your gender.
BHA Commitment to Goal #14
Heal the Bay: Initiated and organized by Branksome students and parents in partnership with, the NGO “Heal the Bay” http://www.healthebay.org/ we are committed to cleaning up Jeju beaches every third Saturday of the month.
BHA Commitment to goal #16
UN Peace Day: The International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21st September. The theme for this year is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”. Last year, students and teachers participated in a “Peace Walk” through various sites in Jeju with a history of conflict and violence. This year we partnered with a local NGO to participate in a regional event supported and organized by the Korean Organizing Committee for UN International Day of Peace, Global Inner Peace (local NGO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jeju Provincial Government.
Branksome middle/senior students collaborated with other international students on the island by setting up an informative booth emphasizing the efforts to promote peace and raise awareness. The effort continues on campus with the establishment of a student club called “Branksome Inner Peace”. Junior school students promoted and raised awareness about the ideals of peace through various activities on campus.