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ECIS Outreach Grant

for the promotion of international education and community service

The application deadline will be 31st May each year. ECIS Outreach Application Form

Stipends of up to £3,000 sterling are available annually.  The ECIS Outreach Grant is designed to encourage and support a wide range of diverse student projects and activities within ECIS member schools as part of service learning.  ECIS is committed to promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding, tolerance and international education amongst member schools and their communities in all regions of the world. 

Watch "Seeds for the Future" a short video about the work that the ECIS Outreach Grant can achieve.

 

Projects selected for 2013/2014:


Collège du Léman, Switzerland

''Providing Furniture for their Future''

Education is the key to unlocking the potential of the underprivileged. This project will provide simple basic furniture to allow orphans to work and study more effectively during leisure time. The orphans will work more effectively and therefore achieve better academic results, eventually allowing them to gain entry to High School. Therefore, instead of being confined to a future of subsistence farming, these children will be liberated to the opportunities of diverse and meaningful employment and careers.

 

Eyüboğlu High School, Turkey

“Together with hope, true passion for a common dream"

Çınardibi Kültür Merkezi (Çınardibi Community Center) was established in one of Istanbul’s underprivileged area around our school neighbourhood in 2006. Its main goal is to provide a safe environment for the children of its community, leading to educated, accomplished and responsible young people. Through the help of volunteers and the support of the community it offers an encouraging atmosphere for learning. Lessons such as maths, English, Turkish and performing arts are offered to help improve the student’s grades at school, increase their self-confidence as well as their respect towards other people and cultures. Through this character development, the children are encouraged to stay away from drugs, smoking and alcohol and rather exert their energy in more productive, safe and educational activities such as organizing community field trips to the local theatre, or community football and chess tournaments. The community centre is funded solely by the profit gained from the sales of the centre’s yearly magazine, written, edited, printed and distributed by those who volunteer to help. Çınardibi Community Centre is not only aimed to help young students, its many goals also include informing the adult community about the importance and benefits of a good education. Through the students’ end of the year performance where they present their years’ work, the parents are reminded of the importance of education and a safe environment to ensure a better future for their children.
The purpose of our project is to strengthen the bonds between Eyüboğlu students and the Çınardibi community by engaging in activities by each other. If we receive financial aid, we will use this money for building an outdoor classroom and playground for the Çınardibi Community Centre and also take the children to museums, theatres and concerts.

 

Hisar School, Turkey

"Active Students, Active Citizen Summer School Program"

Below are the main purposes of the project: Improve critical thinking skills Raise the students' awareness on human rights and children rights Educate the students in these issues and enable them to be able to advocate thesehuman and children rights. To establish cultural interaction between our school students and the participating students from disadvantaged regions. To offer the opportunity of a differentiated education model to a group of students who attend public schools in these regions and cannot benefit from summer school programs. To be able to give all students the chance to benefit from this experience via peer to peer education.

 

French American International School, United States of America

"Rebuilding and Supporting the Tana School in Gaynt, Ethiopia"

The purpose of the project would be to help rebuild and refurbish Tana School, located in the village of Gaynt in Northern Ethiopia---the only school in a remote, impoverished, and underserved region of one of the poorest countries in the world.

Desperately in need of repair, furniture and supplies, the school attempts to accommodate 906 children in grades 1-8. The school runs on a double shift, with lower school students attending in the morning and middle school students in the afternoon. There are more than sixty students in most classes, crammed into small rooms without proper lighting or desks, six or seven children to a bench.

Rebuilding the school and supplying it with desks, books and supplies would constitute a vast improvement in the lives of the children who attend it. . For these children, the school represents their best and only hope for a better life. One sixth of the students at the school are orphans, and one third of them walk up to eight kilometers, barefoot and over rough terrain, to get to school every day. They do this despite the fact that most of their parents don''t encourage them---particularly the girls--- to attend school, believing that they should stay home to help with the farming and/or care for the younger siblings.

We plan to raise money to supplement the grant in order to buy textbooks and reference books, The rest of the money would be used to buy desks, chairs, and supplies and construct new walls and floors as well as a system to supply solar energy for the school.

Below are the main purposes of the project: Improve critical thinking skills Raise the students' awareness on human rights and children rights Educate the students in these issues and enable them to be able to advocate thesehuman and children rights. To establish cultural interaction between our school students and the participating students from disadvantaged regions. To offer the opportunity of a differentiated education model to a group of students who attend public schools in these regions and cannot benefit from summer school programs. To be able to give all students the chance to benefit from this experience via peer to peer education.

 

Institución Educativa Sek-Sek Alborán, Spain

SEK Alborán - Siyakula Partnership

The establishment of a long-term partnership between both schools, where students, parents, and teachers will benefit in various ways due to interchanging ideas, sharing creative activities, and the general awareness that this project will attempt to raise in everyone involved. Siyakula preschool will also get support to continue developing, and a trustworthy volunteer opportunity will be created for SEK students.

 

Skagerak International School,Norway

"Skagerak Nepal Salt and School Project"

This project has two purposed. The school side of the project is to refurbish and rebuild a primary school in Nepal, the salt side of the project is to provide education, information and iodinised salt to an area low in iodine. This will have specific and measureable health benefits to the local population.

 

UWC Maastricht, The Netherlands

"Art & Culture Exchange"

This is a bid to make a project initiated by an ECIS award last year into a sustainable ongoing international student cultural exchange to give students an experience of International education.

 

From our recipients

"I would like to thank ECIS for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Outreach Grant. I thoroughly enjoyed working on the project and I must admit, it has been a great learning experience too, not to mention so many new friends that I have made along the way.

I feel that the Outreach Grant is a brilliant concept that has encouraged me to explore my potential as someone who would like to play a role in searching for solutions to eradicate disease and help protect the environment of our planet. I am sure the project will touch many lives just as it has touched mine"

Anuj Vyas, Outreach Grant Recipient

ECIS Outreach Application Form

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