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


Operation Red-Packet

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Operation Red Packet is an annual event at CDNIS where students and teachers donate some money that they had collected as “lai-see money” (紅包) from Chinese New Year. This year,…

The Reading Tree – a year in summary!

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The Reading Tree is a club that aims that seeks to establish a transferable English curriculum in order to support learning environments within the local and global community. Our club…

Bear House – Simulations for Room to Read NGO (LEAP Action)

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After the successful launch of the LEAP programme in February, students put their learning about what it means to be a leader to action by organising an event to spread…

UNICEF’S Poverty Simulation & Winter Clothes Drive

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UNICEF’S POVERTY SIMULATION WITH GR. 4 STUDENTS: Just before Christmas break, UNICEF proposed and ran a poverty simulation for Grade 4 students. The simulation introduced them to some of the…

Amnesty International “Vow of Silence”

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On the 7th of December, Amnesty CDNIS hosted the annual “Vow of Silence”, a school-wide activity to raise awareness about those in the world who do not have a say…

Habitat for Humanity – Thailand Build trip &”Paint your hat” fundraiser

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Thailand Build Trip: Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental organization originally founded in the United States; their mission is to have “A world where everyone has a decent place to…

Grade 7 Service Day – 18th Nov. 2016

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On Friday, 18th November, all the Grade 7 students embarked on 6 different experiences around Hong Kong that connected to a local or global issue for their annual Service Day….

1st term UNICEF events

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Averaging one event per month, this year’s UNICEF club has been working hard at fundraising and raising awareness for the seven goals of the organisation. These fundraisers have included a…