Pupils lead the way at the En­ac­tus World Cup

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Se­nior stu­dents from Ar­ran High School have be­come the first in the UK, and pos­si­bly the world, to at­tend the En­ac­tus World Cup.

En­ac­tus is the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion that pairs en­trepreneur­ship and phi­lan­thropy to de­velop sus­tain­able and ben­e­fi­cial projects in com­mu­ni­ties. Pre­dom­i­nantly, it has been for uni­ver­sity stu­dents and busi­ness lead­ers but Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Uni­ver­sity con­tacted Ar­ran High School and in­vited them to be­come a branch of their En­ac­tus group.

When the Glas­gow Cale­do­nian En­ac­tus team vis­ited the school, the fifth and sixth years had a brain­storm­ing ses­sion with them and to­gether they com­plied a large list of is­sues that they felt needed ad­dressed on Ar­ran. The key pri­or­ity they iden­ti­fied was to get young peo­ple and older peo­ple work­ing to­gether to chal­lenge two is­sues that im­pact on both age groups: iso­la­tion and men­tal health.

Be­ing new to the En­ac­tus fam­ily, stu­dents at first did not fully un­der­stand what En­ac­tus en­tailed, but af­ter at­tend­ing the an­nual World Cup it all be­came clear. En­ac­tus is made up of 70,500 stu­dents from 1,700 uni­ver­si­ties in 36 coun­tries. Each year they hold a World Cup, hosted all around the world, which 3,500 stu­dents, busi­ness, aca­demic and gov­ern­ment lead­ers at­tend. This year, for the first time, it was held in Lon­don and Chloe Brookes, Rachel Janse Van Rens­burg, Jes­sica Miller, Natasha Mur­ray and Lau­ren Robert­son ac­com­pa­nied by Mrs Les­ley Walker, were in­vited to at­tend.

Projects

The World Cup took place over three days with 36 En­ac­tus teams from around the world pre­sent­ing their projects to ob­servers and judges, and ex­plain­ing the im­pact they have had on their com­mu­nity, the changes they have made and what they are go­ing to do next. One of the judges was Ar­ran High School busi­ness ad­viser Jean McInnes.

Af­ter a se­ries of en­gag­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, the orig­i­nal 36 teams were fil­tered down to the fi­nal four. The fo­cus of the dif­fer­ent teams was di­verse, rang­ing from food se­cu­rity to san­i­ta­tion to women’s em­pow­er­ment and this gave the vis­it­ing group a valu­able in­sight into the prob­lems that af­fect the world.

In a state­ment, the Ar­ran group said: ‘As young peo­ple we often have a need, a de­sire, to change the world and help. This couldn’t be more ap­par­ent at En­ac­tus. By at­tend­ing the World Cup we were able to re­ally un­der­stand first-hand the in­cred­i­ble im­pact that these stu­dents are mak­ing around the world and the pos­i­tive changes they are bring­ing to their com­mu­ni­ties. Their pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm were in­spir­ing and def­i­nitely set the tone for our project. The at­mos­phere of the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion was amaz­ing – the ex­cite­ment, the need for change, the sup­port ev­ery­one had for each other.

‘As new mem­bers to the En­ac­tus fam­ily, we hope Ar­ran High School can cre­ate a last­ing im­pact and tackle the is­sues we feel need ad­dressed with the same suc­cess and achieve­ment we saw at the World Cup.’

Ar­ran High School team dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion from In­dia at the En­ac­tus World Cup.

Chloe Brookes, Rachel Janse Van Rens­burg, Jes­sica Miller, Natasha Mur­ray and Lau­ren Robert­son with Mrs Les­ley Walker at the En­ac­tus World Cup.

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