Service in the Global Community
There are six global service projects which include three PROMO trips to Mumbai, Rajasthan and Cambodia. The Charity Action Group, Education for All and the Drama tour to Germany all provide a service for those outside of the UK.
Since 1999, the Sevenoaks School PROMO initiative has supported schools across the world. Students raise funds to support schools and charities in other countries (with a current focus on India and South Africa), and then visit and volunteer. In 2014/15, students visited Rajasthan (SKSN school at Manaklao, north of Jodhpur) and Mumbai (Save the Children India, Sneha Sedan, a home for runaway children, the Vasind Child HIV centre, and schools run by Akanksha), and supported the Mulamula Education Centre Project, a collaborative service-based project between Sevenoaks School and Mulamula Village in the North Eastern Limpopo Province of South Africa. In 2015/16, students again visited Rajasthan, Mumbai and MulaMula. In 2017, students visited Cambodia to work at a school built by United World Schools (UWS), an international charity which builds schools in Cambodia and trains locals to be teachers within those schools; the most obvious impact of these schools is to halve the infant mortality rate in the region. Sevenoaks School had raised money for the building of one of these schools through our charity weeks. * PROMO stands for Project Romania Moldova – the countries the initiative originally focussed on.
In 2016 Sevenoaks started a new PROMO project in conjunction with United World Schools, supporting a partner school in Spong, Cambodia. Our first visit took place in 2017, and was followed by a second visit in March. Students spent around a week at UWS Spong School, teaching topics and skills including art, logic and sport, through a range of activities including games and storytelling. They also visited Siem Reap and the temple complex of Angkor Wat. Since 1999, the Sevenoaks School PROMO initiative has supported schools across the world. Over the past 20 years, students have raised funds to support schools and charities in other countries, including Moldova, Romania, India, South Africa and Cambodia.
The PROMO Mumbai trip has been running for many years. Ten students raise funds over the course of the year to donate to various charities in Mumbai. This is a fascinating city, which is experiencing rapid economic development but still struggling with extreme poverty in certain areas.
Pupils are friendly, polite and welcoming. Throughout the school they are active members of the community and assume roles of responsibility and service naturally.
ISI Report 2013
Education for All
Each year, the VSU team produce a beautiful calendar showcasing stunning ‘geography’ related photos taken by members of the school community, raising on average £2000 for EfA. The photos are selected and the calendar designed by a team of Sevenoaks students who work with a professional designer.
All profits from the sale of the calendar help to fund boarding places for impoverished girls in rural Morocco which enables them to attend secondary school. The issue of gender inequalities is taught in the ‘Core’ theme of the IB geography syllabus and the importance of educating women is something which is brought home to our IB Geographers on the annual visit to the High Atlas mountains in Morocco each Easter holiday. Among the Berber villages of the High Atlas mountains students meet women their own age who craved the chance to be educated beyond primary school and also spend some time interacting with the girls at the boarding house in Asni who are fortunate enough to directly benefit from the EfA charity.