High Resolves is an international not-for-profit educational initiative that offers a Global Citizens and Leaders program for students in years 7-10.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has long maintained that rapid economic and social change requires schools must prepare students for “jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented, and problems that we don’t yet know will arise”.
New York Times bestselling author and High Resolves co-founder Mehrdad Baghai has created a program to prepare students for a future life outside the classroom.
“The aim is to give students the critical foundation to be effective, purposeful and resilient global citizens that have the knowledge and skills to lead the change they want to see in the world,” Mr Baghai said.
Based on more than 30 years of research, the High Resolves program helps students translate good intentions into real actions and behavioural change through participatory techniques involving simulation and interactive exercises.
High Resolves founders Mehrdad and Roya Baghai.
To date, High Resolves has been delivered to more than 160,000 students across Australia – but preparing students is not the program’s only concern.
School leaders and teachers should be the driving force behind student development; embedding citizenship, leadership and change in both the school culture and curriculum.
“These are the future leaders of our schools and as such they should be prepared with training in the fundamentals of leadership. Many young teachers find themselves in leadership positions early on in their careers without the experience, knowledge and skills to be effective,” Mr Baghai said.
Since 2016, more than 200 schools have attended High Resolves professional development opportunities.
“Leadership is critical at all levels of the school community, including school leaders, parents, teaching staff and the students themselves. Imagine what a school could achieve if the executives, teachers, students, parents and wider community all worked together towards the same strategic goals,” said Mr Baghai.
“For this to happen we need strong student leaders in schools who have the skills, knowledge and courage to make this a reality.”