EARCOS Global Citizenship Award & Community Service Grant

The Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference empowers young people to develop sustainable solutions to address global problems and to implement their ideas with the support of the network. The key ideas are based on the book, High Noon- 20 Global Problems, 20 years to Solve Them by Jean Francois Rischard.

"I strongly believe that it will take the combination of a new method of global problem solving and a new mindset …. Schools have a pressing responsibility in this regard to expose the next generations more systematically to these global problems and to help develop the new mindset that is needed --- the 'global citizens first' mindset… tomorrow’s generations must develop a networking-oriented mindset if they are going to solve the burning global problems that stare us in the face.” - Jean Francois Rischard

Global Issues Network Vision:

To help students realize they can make a difference by empowering them to work with their peers internationally to develop solutions for global issues. The GIN philosophy encourages all people, especially our students, to embrace the idea that they are changemakers and that they can make the world a better place. T

he East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) sponsors the EARCOS Global Issues Network Conference. Typically, a middle school GIN conference is held annually at an EARCOS member school. High school GIN conferences now take place on a bi-annual basis. This Handbook was originally copyrighted in 2009 under the EARCOS name.

>> Download EARCOS GIN Handbook (Revised March 2018 by LeeAnne Lavender, Concordia International School Shanghai)