Social Responsibility

Students working in the school garden.

At Admiral Lord Nelson School, we believe in taking ACTION. We don’t just talk about things that concern us we try to do something about it. We want to make a difference.

We are trying to make our school a better place. We are also aiming to help others too.

We believe in RESPECT:

Respecting Others

This means that we need to consider others and help where we can. We have awareness raising days to learn about different charities and issues. We also run charity fund raising events to make money for causes we believe in. This includes six non-uniform days throughout the year.

We support a number of local, national and international charities and we have two long term commitments to two African Projects: Kabifita Upper Basic School and the Yankuba Bojang Memorial Nursery, The Gambia and IHA-UDP, a charity working in the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

At ALNS we have had had a history of having non-uniform days to raise money for Charities. Red nose day, tsunami relief, and cancer research have all been worthy causes that we have given funds to over the last 8 years or more. It comes from the belief that we can all make a difference especially if we work together. For example if I give £1 to charity it helps in a little way, but if we all give £1 then it can amount to much more which can make a big difference to other people’s lives.

We can raise £1000 every non-uniform day as we have approximately 1000 students. Many students have thrown themselves into the spirit and have done a wide variety of sponsored events ranging from sponsored silences to fancy dress to the Sport Relief mile.

Click on the links to see who we regularly raise money for:

Respecting Ourselves

We will try to look after ourselves by eating healthily and exercising regularly. This is helped by the new canteen menus and guidelines given by the Government, so even our vending machines are full of nutritious snacks.

In the PE department we are constantly trying to find new and exciting ways to encourage people to exercise and get fit. A major part of our plan is to encourage students to forget their computers and TV and get moving outside school hours.  At the moment we provide 2 hours of compulsory PE lessons a week and there is a wide variety of clubs available. All these clubs are listed on this site, together with the special sporting, fitness and charitable fundraising events hosted by the department.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your trainers and let’s get physical!

Respecting Our Environment

The average person in the UK throws out their body weight in rubbish every 3 months.

The UK with 1% of the world’s population produces 2.3% of the world’s CO2.

Most stuff that ends up in can be used again. At school we throw out a tremendous amount which could be recycled. However it does take time to convince everyone as to why we need their support.

Unfortunately in the UK we haven’t yet developed the right habits.

It’s disgraceful that less than 20% of our rubbish is recycled or composted in the UK. (Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany recycle around 60% of their waste). It is simply a case of realising that our current wasteful habits cannot be sustained. Most of our waste is burned or buried which is bad for the environment and our health. Recycling saves far more energy because it means making less new things from raw materials. Also smoke, gases and ash from incinerators contain harmful dioxins which can cause cancer.

Dumping rubbish in waste mountains is also not an answer: Rotting rubbish emits explosive gases and polluting liquids. Methane emissions contribute to climate change . Not to mention problems for local communities such as traffic, noise, odours and pests.

So what are we doing?

We now have 50 + ‘green boxes’ around school into which everyone is asked to place paper and cardboard.
We also have three compost bins. It is envisaged that regular food ‘waste’ collections can be organised from the canteen, staffroom and kitchen and that the compost will be used to create a school garden.

It is also hoped that we will able to recycle plastic bottles and cans.

We need to develop new habits to actually reduce the amount we use in school i.e. cut down on the amount of paper we consume, make our equipment last longer and repair rather than replace. Switching off electrical goods, turning off taps, placing used wrappers and containers in the correct place, treating buildings and equipment with care – these are all easy but makes such a difference. Furthermore we need to ensure that when buying in paper-based goods we ensure a high percentage is manufactured from recycled paper. And how about installing solar panels so we can generate our own electricity!

What else do we do?

Student Group

We have also had a Human Rights club running at ALNS which has been very active over the last 3 years. We started by demanding that Fair Trade food items be sold in school as well as the bars of chocolate bought for prizes be Fair Trade. It was successful and, until the healthy eating guidelines came in, the Fair trade chocolate in the vending machines was one of the best selling items!

Students have taken assemblies, made films, given talks, staged events such as concerts and a Christmas bazaar, taken part in protests locally and nationally, met our local MP, written numerous letters to world leaders and other influential people to ask for prisoners of conscience to be released, as well as sending emails to MPs and business leaders about issues from unfair business practices that hinder developing countries to demanding action be taken on environmental issues. We support Fair Trade Fortnight, Amnesty International and UNICEF campaigns as examples. We have tried to influence a wider audience by getting coverage in local news media as well – so maybe you’ve seen us in action?

The Gambia

Here’s how it all began…

“In 2003 I visited the Gambia with my mother seeking some much needed winter sunshine. What I got turned out to be a lot more than that! The country was so beautiful and the people peaceable and content; it wasn’t surprising it is called the smiling coast! I had finally found a Third World country I believed to be safe enough to take school children so that they could experience life in Africa for themselves.

As a Geographer I had long wanted children to understand how fortunate they are and how different life is for some people. As a child I had lived in South East Asia until I was 8 and knew that this had had a profound effect on the way I looked at the world. On my return I immediately set out to make the dream a reality and the rest as they say is History (or in fact Geography, RE, Dance, Art etc etc…)”
Kim Rayner

And here’s how it continued…

2007 and for the fourth year running ALNS returned to Gambia in February half term with students and staff from Admiral Lord Nelson School and, for the second year, from Miltoncross.

There were 15 students from years 9-11 who really enjoyed this incredible trip. It was a holiday set with a clear ethical focus. We have supported a High School in Brikanna and have made good relationships. Over the 4 years we have raised funds for the school which has enabled them to dig a well, build two traditional toilet blocks and provide the school with some sports equipment.

This year we also had the privilege of working alongside a women’s co-operative who run a huge market garden where they grow and then sell vegetables to the local hotels and business which provide them the funds to send their children to school. We collected water from the wells and then watered their crops.

We also visited a nursery school where we donated some money and materials. We hope to provide them with more next year and we will try to include other schools and preschools in our community partnership area to make links too.

What’s been done so far

  • Installation of electricity so students can study for extra hours at night.
  • Computers are now available –  The Gambian Ministry of Education decided to make the school an E-learning centre for all primary school teachers within the west coast region of Gambia.
  • Four new classroom buildings have been constructed.

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Ethiopia

What is IHA-UDP?

The initials stand for “Integrated Holistic Approach Urban Development Project”!

In the very heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a very special project has been taking place. It is special because it has been supported by people the world over, and yet the needs of the community have been determined by the local people who know the real meaning of abject poverty.

What this means is it is an extraordinary project which aims to bring poverty in the slums of the city of Addis Ababa to an end. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world and millions of people live in abject poverty. The project works with local communities and asks them what they would like done to help them transform their lives. Then following what the local community asks for the project organises and employs local people to re-build homes, build sewers and community showers and toliets, as well as provding education about health care and access to low cost clinics. They have built schools and have started sponsor schemes for children and the elderly. IHA-UDP also try to rehabilitate offenders and help prostitues find alternative employment, also they provide care for the mentally ill and disabled.

What do we do at ALNS?

For the last few years at Christmas we have had a non-uniform day to raise funds as well as a Christams “Bizarre Bazaar”. Lots of students have got involved and have run stalls and competitions, they have taken part in Christmas Karaoke and bought teachers in a Slave Auction! There are also some members of staff who sponsor children to go to school which also provides them with a meal every day. This October we are going a stage further and a group of Year 11s and ex-students are going to Addis Ababa to help run a play scheme for special needs children with CRED (www.cred.org.uk).

The Zone

THE ZONE is an opportunity to:

  • Travel overseas with other children, young people and adults from the UK
  • Work with some of the poorest, yet happiest children on earth
  • Have your views on life shaken and stirred
  • Raise sponsorship for an international project that is not only serving local people but also run by them!
  • You’ll be part of a team delivering a playscheme / activity week for one of the Cred Foundation’s international partner projects. You can expect to work hard, have a lot of fun, and use your skills within the team to make it all happen.

 

Sponsor a Child

About the project

The Addis Hiwot Integrated Sustainable Development Organisation (AHISDO for short) is a slum-redevelopment project based in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Work in the area began in 2004, overseen by the Integrated Holistic Approach Urban Development Project (IHA-UDP). Over the years, the district has been transformed by adopting a holistic approach through projects providing housing, sanitation, healthcare, care for the elderly and so on. One of the prime tasks was to improve the education system from the Kindergarten through to the High School. It is the second slum area being transformed by IHA-UDP.

Details of the scheme

The Project scheme is very well run and is administered by a Trust who run the scheme in accordance with a Trust Deed (a very lengthy and thorough document).

The cost of sponsoring a child for 1 year is currently £90. That is great value when you consider the long-term benefits of the ‘investment’ in the child.

We have details of a number of children who have been identified by the Trust as high priority for sponsoring. It would be great if you would consider sponsoring one of these children. In particular, there is the opportunity to sponsor a child who has been impacted by AIDS – either an orphan and/or testing positive to the virus. Please indicate on the response form if you would like to sponsor one of these children.

Now to the admin details – if you would like to sponsor a child, please complete the response form opposite and return it to Paul Wilson at the address shown. We will then send you a fact sheet with a passport sized photo of the child and the standing order mandate (if applicable) for you to complete and send to your Bank or Building Society.

The Trust have a translator available so you can write to your child as often as you like. The project staff will send you a health and school progress report every August. It’s briliant to receive an update as you can see how much of a difference your sponsorship is making to your child.

Why sponsor a child?

The Child Sponsorship programme was developed to overcome two major barriers to achieving their dream of giving every child the chance to be educated:
– 25% of the children were not able to go to school at any stage as their parents could not afford the fees (there is no free schooling as we have in the UK);

– of those who were lucky enough to start at school, the drop-out numbers in the 2nd term were very high due to the parents being unable to keep up with the payment of the fees.

The situation of so many children unable to go to school contributed to many of the social problems in the area such as child labour, prostitution and so on.

Fairtrade

As a Fairtrade school we fully support the fair trade ideals of making life fair for everyone in particular the producers of the goods we buy.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.

When you buy products with the FAIRTRADE Mark, you support farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities. The Mark means that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.

Fairtrade works to benefit small-scale farmers and workers, who are amongst the most marginalised groups globally, through trade rather than aid to enable them to maintain their livelihoods and reach their potential.