Thurrock students off to New York City as part of Think Global programme

Think Global

THINK Global is a global education programme developed for schools, colleges and universities. The programme brings a global perspective into education – teaching students about sustainability, tackling extremism, human rights and other world issues.

This September, students from schools in the United Kingdom will take part in a ground-breaking project based on a trip to New York, USA from 27th August -2nd September. Students will explore the impact of 9/11 and learn lessons on how to prevent extremism.

26 students from Hathaway Academy, Ormiston Park Academy, Harris Riverside, Gateway Academy, Hassenbrook Academy and Brentwood County High School, will visit New York and host a round table discussion with 9/11 survivors. The group will also meet with senior officials from the New York Mayor’s Office to explore the global challenges impacting the world today.

Sarah-Jane Tredinnick, Associate Vice Principal, Ormiston Park Academy said: “This programme is very important for schools, encouraging young people to become global leaders, ready to tackle these global challenges”.

As part of this project, students will also visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and explore themes linked to democracy and freedom. The group will also visit the Pentagon in Washington DC, which was also attacked by one of the hi-jacked planes.

Cathy Keeble Deputy Headteacher of Hassenbrook Academy said: “This project provides a global perspective by extending learning beyond the classroom, creating once in a lifetime opportunities for students, preparing them for the various global challenges of today”.

There will be a presentation event for the New York Project on Friday 28th September and participating students will showcase their learning from the project, supported by a video of their experience and journey. The presentation will include a preview of the 2019 Think Global programme, which will be open to secondary schools, colleges and youth agencies across the United Kingdom.

Samson DeAlyn Senior Director of Think Global said: “Think Global is adopted by schools, colleges and universities to extend learning outside the classroom. The programme encourages collaboration between schools and with our partners and embeds a global perspective into education”.

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