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 Coordinator of Local & Global Engagement aims 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 CDNIS vision statement, “to inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally”, the value of this role becomes increasingly important.

Connect with the Coordinator of Local and Global Engagement, Matthew Schulte (matthewschulte@cdnis.edu.hk).

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Hand sewing over 100 masks for homeless people in HK

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Kashish M in 11H has spent the last 8 weeks hand-sewing reusable masks using a second-hand sewing machine, that she will hand out to homeless people in Hong Kong through…

Mira C (8E) leading the way with community service and engagement during online-leanring

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Mira C in 8E has dedicated her time and energy during the COVID pandemic to a range of volunteer and community service initiatives.  She engaged with various NGO’s and activities…

Glohelp non-profit initiative to support hospitals in Brooklyn and Brookdale

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Glohelp is a non-profit initiative founded by 4 students across Hong Kong (Joanne T from CDNIS and Bernice W from VSA) and the USA (Katie H and Liz B from Peddie...

Home of Love Donation Drive

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Thank you to the entire CDNIS community for donating 16 large boxes of food goods for the Home of Love Charity in Sham Shui Po. A group of Grade 6…

The Amnesty Clubs Fair Trade Hot Chocolate Event

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On December 13 and 16, Amnesty gave out free fair trade hot chocolate to the CDNIS community. To receive a free cup of hot chocolate, students and staff were required…

iNaturalist City Nature Challenge

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            In this project, CDNIS students, staff, and parents collect observations of local biodiversity. This project helps the efforts of scientists to study urban biodiversity…

Experiencing life as a refugee with Crossroads – IB Retreat

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  During the two day IB Retreat for grade 11, students took time away from learning about the IB program, CAS and Extended Essays to have a truly eye-opening experience…

Grade 2E inquiry + pickles + GreenWeek 2019 = fundraiser for refugees!

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Check out Mr. Ryan Scott and his Gr. 2E students taking action & helping an Upper School club fundraise! “During our 3rd Unit of Inquiry, Grade 2 found out that…