What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favour of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. (Justice for Alliance NGO)


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead (20th century American cultural anthropologist)


"Courage my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world"

Tommy Douglas (20th century Canadian politician)


"先之勞之。- Work yourself before you work others"

Confucius (5th century BC Chinese philosopher)


"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others"

Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatama) Gandhi (20th century Indian independence activist)


“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”

Greek proverb


"On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur - we see well only with our heart"

Antoine de Saint-Exubéry (French author of "Le Petit Prince")


"助人為快樂之本 - Helping others is the origin of happiness"

Chinese proverb



The Coordinators of Local & Global Engagement aim to develop, implement and support learning opportunities related to local and global issues, service learning, international mindedness, environmental and experiential education within the CDNIS community.

With the publication of the new CDNIS vision statement, “to inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally”, the value of this role becomes increasingly important.

Connect with coordinators of Local and Global Engagement, Smriti Safaya (smritisafaya@cdnis.edu.hk) and Kim Campbell (kimcampbell@cdnis.edu.hk).

Year-End Community Reports:
To learn more about what they do, please take a look through their Year-End Community Reports (2014-20152015-2016 and 2016-2017).


Staff Action: Animal rights in Abu Dhabi

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Ms. Bonnie Calanchini (Lower School) writes: While living in Abu Dhabi, I was broken hearted to see the ponies at the local shopping mall, standing for many hours in the…

“Paint your… HOUSE!” Habitat for Humanity & Lower School!

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The goal of this campaign was to not only raise awareness for the issue of inadequate housing through fundraising and active advocacy campaigning but to also provide the opportunity for…

Grade 7 Service Day at St. Mary’s Home for the Aged – 27th October, 2017

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As part of their annual Service Day, a group of Grade 7 students visited St. Mary’s Home for the Aged, our neighbourhood elderly home, to lead activities with residents and…

Talks by Upper School students to Gr. 5s about refugees & taking action

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On Wednesday, 18th October 2017, Upper School students from 3 refugee support clubs presented shared the current realities of refugees living in Hong Kong and how their clubs try to…

Peace Day – Flag competition winners!

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For International Day of Peace on the 21st of September, one of the activities was to identify the flags on the ceiling of the 9th floor main entrance, and 4…

Green Halloween Costume Swap

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    Roots & Shoots students put together their second Green Halloween costume swap and successfully sold almost everything! With the start of school, camp and holidays it’s always a…

Habitat For Humanity Popcorn & Italian Soda sale

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The goal of this campaign was to increase community awareness on the role of Habitat at our school as well as the need for adequate housing and fundraise money to subsidize…

Peace Day – 21st September

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  CDNIS celebrated International Day of Peace on 21st September with peace flags, puzzles, a ‘Paths to Peace’ forest mural, student advisory discussions and a vibrant musical number “Peace on…