Through the various elements of our Social Impact Programme; partnerships with local schools and charities, fund and awareness raising, presentations and visits the Dragon aims to help pupils think about how people really make a difference to local, national and global issues. We want to draw attention to the characteristics of those individuals and organisations whose vision, energy, compassion, dedication and generosity are already making a difference.
We want our pupils to be able to recognise problems and begin to identify the steps required to develop solutions and to focus on the positive impact education can have on social problems. We are, by most definitions, privileged people. We recognise our responsibilities and hope that through the experience and awareness gained at this school we can encourage our pupils to be leaders in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, to become the visionaries who will set the future agenda for beneficial social transformation.
Bill Cadogan, Chairman of the Africa Foundation, at the 'swim the channel for rhinos' relay. The children completed 22 miles in one hour, raising over £3,000
In addition to our local and national partnerships we have over the past twelve years developed relationships with organisations working across the globe. Our international projects have enabled us to visit and to play with vulnerable children in the townships of Soweto, Alexandria and Kayalitsha in South Africa, orphanages in Calcutta, India and the favelas of Rio de Janiero. We are delighted that we have been able to return the hospitality we received and have hosted the children we met on each of these visits here in Oxford. There is an ongoing partnership and legacy to these projects and we hope to extend the programme in the future.