Scholas Occurrentes, Fondazione Milan and Think Equal have partnered
Scholas Occurrentes, Fondazione Milan and Think Equal have partnered to empower youth to impact children in ensuring quality education, values and global citizenship through social and emotional education and sport in children and young people around the world.
The tri-partite agreement was signed on June 28 at Scholas’ headquarters in the Vatican during an event attended by Paolo Scaroni, Chairman of AC Milan, Leslee Udwin, Founder and CEO of Think Equal, and José María del Corral and Enrique Palmeyro, President and Director of Scholas Occurrentes. In the afternoon, they presented Pope Francis with a personalised AC Milan shirt with his name and the number 29 which he autographed. The signed t-shirt will be auctioned.
The three organisations are developing a joint global programme that will be implemented in primary schools where Scholas and Milan Foundation are already working. In this way, children – from the age of 3 – and young people from all over the world will experience a unique and innovative educational model based on values, empathy, creativity, gender equality and emotional intelligence.
Leslee Udwin, Founder and CEO of Think Equal, said:
“I am excited and optimistic for this broad and strong alliance, focused on children and young people around the world, to teach them to love and not to hate, to break the spiral of discrimination, selfishness and indifference. Our joint programmes will experientially teach our children from the very early ages and right through their school journey to value one another, and be assured of positive outcomes in life. I’m really looking forward to joining our forces and energies to achieve this shared mission”.
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Screening of India’s Daughter with the brilliant Gopal Subramanium
This month we had a truly wonderful conversation after the screening of India’s Daughter about how to end violence against women, and violence in general, at the Royal Society of Arts with the spectacularly brilliant and wonderful Gopal Subramanium. Thank you to our team (Matilda Crowfoot and Tia Fields) and the co-hosts Alvarium and Fladgates for generously hosting the event in such a warm and committed atmosphere. Many thanks too to Sunil Sheth and Mythily Katsaris for organising the screening – what amazing people, committed to a better world!
Leslee Udwin awarded the Media and Arts award in Denver
Think Equal Founder and CEO, Leslee Udwin, attended the GlobalMindED Annual conference in Denver from June 5-7, 2019, where she presented on the topic of Early Childhood Development. Leslee was also awarded the GlobalmindED Media and Arts award, for her film, India’s Daughter, and the work it has led to. While accepting her award, Leslee said:
“I feel a bit nostalgic looking at this (award), because I’m absolutely sure that this is going to be the last award I ever get for media or film. And the reason I’m so sure is…I’ve stopped making them! And the reason I’ve stopped is actually very serious. Films are wonderful at creating awareness, but we have enough awareness in this world of ours. What we need is action, not awareness. I know this as a result of the film that I have been generously honoured for tonight, called “India’s Daughter” – the last film I have made – where I interviewed rapists for 31 hours and understood that we are responsible for their behaviour, we are responsible for how they think because we have programmed them.”
5th Scholas Chairs International Congress in New York
Our founder, Leslee Udwin, had her film ‘India’s Daughter’ presented at the 5th Scholas Chairs International Congress, which was hosted at Fordham University (New York City) from June 2nd to 4th, 2019.
The event brought together more than two hundred academics from the Scholas Chairs programme, researchers of more than one hundred universities committed to social engagement, diplomats, inter-faith religious authorities and governments to promote cooperation and learning based on the idea of education as a main means for social change. Think Equal Patron, Dr Marc Brackett, also made an impressive presentation about Emotional Intelligence.
The topic of the 2019 Congress was ‘Building cooperation networks for fraternal humanism trough three axes’:
- Educating for Fraternal Humanism: Innovative Education
- Social Ecology: environmental and social sustainability
- Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue for Sustainable Peace
Think Equal is preparing for our first UK pilot
Our Programme Officer, Viviane Marrero, attended the Hate Crime Conference organised by the Kingston Race And Equalities Council in preparation for our UK pilot. In the conference we discussed how we can prevent and reduce hate crime and how we can support victims, as knife crime in the UK has risen by 70% over the past 5 years. In addition, we had the privilege of starting conversations with the great Dr Neville Lawrence (father of late Stephen Lawrence) about our education programme and how its implementation in the UK will help prevent violent crime in London.
Think Equal Sri Lanka goes from strength to strength
At the beginning of February our Country Director, Paba Deshapriya, received approval from the Department of Education in the Southern Province (Galle) for Think Equal materials in Sinhala to be formally included in the school curriculum. Over 700 teachers have now been trained and are now teaching the programme this year in 630 preschools. We are delighted that the regional government has supported us in this effort!
Think Equal has reached North Macedonia
In collaboration with Dr. Rebekah Ellis-Granger and in partnership with UNICEF, 37 teachers have been trained as master trainers in the Think Equal programme, with an additional 185 teachers planned to be trained in time to start the programme in September 2019. By September 2020, all preschools children in North Macedonia will be receiving the programme.
Think Equal signs agreement with DG Murray Trust
Think Equal has signed an MOU with DGMT in South Africa as a strategic partner. DGMT is a South African foundation based in Cape Town which distributes about USD 10 million of its own money annually and manages about USD 12 million of project-specific co-funding from other private foundations and bilateral donors. Almost all of these co-funded projects are aimed at achieving scale through a combination of private and public funding.
David Harrison, CEO of the DGMT, is described by Leslee as “a visionary who shares Think Equal’s objectives and beliefs in a profound and inspiring way. I am thrilled by our collaboration with him and the DGMT”.
Think Equal expands in Nuevo León (Mexico)
We began a small pilot in Monterrey, Nuevo León in August 2018, which has become a jumping off point for a much larger rollout! Leslee attended an event organised by Encuentro Mundial de Valores on April 1 2019, where Think Equal and their local implementation partners EMV (Encuentro Mundial de Valores) signed Letters of Interest with the mayors of 6 cities confirming their interest in introducing the programme to all of their preschools this September.
Leslee has also met with María Teresa Meléndez and Gilberto Guevara Niebla from the Ministry of Basic Education of Mexico and they are excited to see Think Equal brought to Mexico’s children as the tools which concretise the national policy of Education for Peace and Against Violence.
Think Equal founder, Leslee Udwin, awarded UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) award
“It was an exciting and fortifying day for Think Equal and its role in creating a peaceful world. I was proud to stand alongside Ben Stiller who was awarded the Advocacy Award for his awe-inspiring work with refugees. This marks such an affirmation for our still young non-profit organisation which is transforming children’s lives across 5 continents. This award really belongs to our dedicated and tireless team at HQ, in the 14 countries we’re working in, and our cherished and dedicated family of funders, patrons and partners around the world.” – Leslee Udwin
Think Equal signs agreement with Pope Francis founded Scholas Occurrentes
On Thursday 21st March we signed a collaboration agreement with Scholas Occurrentes – a non-denominational organisation which brings values to youth, founded by Pope Francis in 2013. Scholas now works in 187 countries.
Our founder and CEO, Leslee, and our Director of Programmes, Giulia D’Amico, were invited to the Vatican for a meeting with the Pope and to have the collaboration agreement signed.
“This was a most thrilling day and is a remarkable milestone for Think Equal in ensuring its reach and scale, in driving forward its mission to give every child in the world his/her inalienable right to positive outcomes in life. I am so grateful to the Scholas team and the enlightened and refulgent Pope Francis for joining hands with us in our joint mission to bring love where there was hate, equality where there was discrimination, and peace where there was war.” – Leslee Udwin
Think Equal has launched a 2019 pilot programme in South Africa
It is with great excitement and anticipation that Think Equal has launched a 2019 pilot programme in South Africa in the Ugu District of KwaZulu Natal. 48 Early Years teachers have received the Think Equal programme training and our partners at Network Action Group are collecting data for a Yale evaluation. Leslee came back from South Africa with a pledge from the Education Ministry to implement Level 2 of the programme in every Grade-R reception class from next January.
Our Australian team have raised the funding needed for the Australian pilot programme
Country Director Emma Welsh and a fantastic Melbourne-based team have raised the funding needed for the Australian pilot programme which has commenced in 36 Early Learning sites in Victoria and Queensland.
We have rolled out in 10% of Botswana’s school districts
We started off the year with an extremely successful training session in the Kgatleng district of Botswana, attended by the former Vice President Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, who has now joined the illustrious list of Think Equal patrons. We have started rolling out the Think Equal programme to every preschool class in the entire district of Kgatleng and are thus now in 10% of Botswana’s school districts.