More than 3000 students joined hands across Dulwich campuses in Asia to drive forward the global sustainability agenda
Shanghai, China – 30 October 2019 – Dulwich College International, a family of renowned international and international Chinese schools in Asia, held the world’s largest environmental sustainability lesson (multiple venues) and achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title. More than 3000 students participated in the lesson, which was taught in-person at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong and broadcast to all 11 schools within the Dulwich College International (DCI) network spanning eight cities – Beijing, Xi’an, Suzhou, Zhuhai, Seoul, Singapore and Yangon, in addition to Shanghai.
Mike O’Connor, Headmaster of Dulwich College Suzhou said “One of the marvellous aspects of our profession is the opportunity to engage in some things that are truly extraordinary. Whether it be seeing a student achieve to an outstanding level, participating in a moment that takes your breath away or working collectively to achieve something that is just really cool, our roles can sometimes be an absolute privilege. Today is of of those occasions; our students will always remember the day they went into the record books. They will have learnt something too. Well done to all involved and particular congratulations to Ms Anderson and her team. Great work DCSZ!”
According to the UN, quality education is the foundation for creating sustainable development. Besides improving quality of life, inclusive education can equip students with the tools and skills they need to develop innovative solutions to the world’s biggest problems. With this in mind, DCI built sustainability education into its curriculum to empower its students to shape green, low emission and climate-resilient societies.
“Our vision is for our students to Live Worldwise – to have the skills and motivation to make a positive difference in the world,” said Fraser White, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Dulwich College International. “The environmental issues facing our planet are both a challenge and an opportunity. It is our responsibility to create future leaders who will champion sustainability across the globe but this also gives us an amazing chance to find new ways of working and new ways of teaching. The Largest Environmental Sustainability Lesson at Dulwich is a collaboration between the school and our students so they are engaged in designing and directing the learning experience. We are proud that this collaboration that the students co-designed has created a movement across all our campuses in Asia and clinched a world record.”
Themed “Living a Sustainable Lifestyle”, the lesson demonstrated the importance of environmental protection and focused on enabling students to effect tangible positive change in their life. Students as young as eight years old played a critical role in all aspects of creating the learning experience, even developing the lesson content and designing the “sustainability pledges” to help support meaningful lifestyle changes.
DCI's Largest Environmental Sustainability Lesson kicks off “Sustainable November” – a larger month-long movement encouraging sustainable living across DCI’s family of schools. Students, staff and parents will be encouraged to stay committed to the pledges they made as part of the lesson and support one another in building habits to make tangible and permanent lifestyle changes that will create long-lasting impact.
To learn more about how DCI has integrated sustainability into its entire curriculum, visit: https://www.dulwich.org/dulwich-difference/sustainability
About Dulwich College International
Dulwich College International (DCI) is a family of leading international and international Chinese schools in Asia. Founded by parents Fraser White and Karen Yung in 2003, DCI has since established seven Colleges for international students in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Seoul, Singapore and Yangon, as well as two Dulwich International High Schools in Zhuhai and Suzhou, primarily for Chinese students who are aiming for top universities in the UK, USA, and elsewhere. DCI also enjoys a sister school relationship with Dehong International Chinese School, which offers a combined programme comprising the Chinese compulsory curriculum enhanced with the Dulwich educational philosophy and pedagogy. Today, more than 9,000 students are benefiting from a Dulwich education, preparing them to Live Worldwise.
About Sustainability at Dulwich College International
At Dulwich College International (DCI), students are educated about sustainability and encouraged to take action so that they are prepared to embrace the social and environmental challenges facing the planet. DCI has built sustainability into every part of schooling – from curriculum to building design – to enable its students to be the future generation of leaders who will not only act responsibly but embrace the challenges and create innovative solutions to the world's problems. Believing that one small action, if repeated by many individuals, can create an enormous impact, the family of schools aims to harness the power of its network of 13 campuses and over 9,000 students to contribute to the global environmental agenda in tangible and meaningful ways.
About GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the iconic annual Guinness World Records books have sold over 141 million copies in over 40 languages and in more than 100 countries. Additionally, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, first published in 2007, has sold more than 4 million copies to date.
Guinness World Records’ worldwide television programmes reach over 750 million viewers annually and more than 5 million people subscribe to the GWR YouTube channel, which enjoys more than 328 million views per year. The GWR website receives over 20.5 million visitors annually, and has over 15 million fans on Facebook.
The Guinness World Records commercial sales division provides customized consultancy services for some of the world’s top brands and agencies to help place record breaking at the heart of their marketing campaigns, employee-engagement programmes, and live and experiential events.
 “Education - United Nations Sustainable Development.” United Nations, https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/education/