Global Citizenship


Our students have the skills and motivation to make a positive difference

At Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong we develop our students to think, feel, speak and act with empathy and understanding, building awareness and commitment to ensure we have a positive impact on people and our planet.

We use the UN Global Goals as a lens for action through which we connect our learning to the real world. If we all work together for the good of others, we believe 2030 is possible.

In considering ourselves as global citizens, we start by evaluating our sense of self, reflecting on the world around us and our role within it, before taking informed action.

Global Citzenship wheel

The components of Global Citizenship

We break Global Citizenship down into 5 strands.

We believe service learning should develop a student’s passion for making a positive difference in the world, and inspire a culture of care and understanding for others. Service learning is integral to the formation of character and should be an intrinsic part of every child’s education.

We strive to find the balance between providing for our human needs and preserving the planet for future generations; we aim to experience harmony with nature whilst advocating for animals and the environment; we believe in doing as much good as we can.

Intercultural Understanding
We embrace learning about a multitude of local and global cultures – their attitudes, beliefs, norms and values – in order to gain deeper cultural understanding, connection and empathy towards everyone.

We live diversity through our inclusive culture that values every individual. We do this through respecting, celebrating and sharing every voice within our community.

Social Justice
We encourage our students to fight for social justice by doing what they can to be positive agents of change, promote fairness and create equitable opportunities for all regardless of who they are or where they are from. We act to ensure everyone, everywhere, is safe, valued and has a bright future.

GC Competrencies

Global Citizenship in action at our school

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The Peace Centre Uganda Quiz Night

8 May 2021 - Service learning

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Give Peace a Chance

On Friday 7 May, over 350 members of our Dulwich Pudong community turned out at the Ramada Hotel Jinqiao for the annual Quiz Night supporting the Peace Centre Uganda (TPC) - an overwhelmingly positive community response!

The Peace Centre Uganda, founded in 2015, provides love, care, a home and education for Ugandan orphans and currently supports 60 children. TPC is a long-time community partner of Dulwich Pudong, with students from our school first travelling out to the village back in 2014 to help build the children’s home. Traditionally DCSPD students would travel to the TPC every summer to volunteer. Although this tradition has been temporarily curtailed by COVID realities, we continue to support TPC through the annual Quiz Night. Find out more about TPC right here.

On the night, quiz participants viewed an inspiring video of greetings from TPC children and staff. We also heard a moving personal story from Andy Clapperton, a Trustee of TPC and ex-Dulwich member of staff, who along with other members of Dulwich staff at the time, was instrumental in founding TPC. The event featured a silent auction of donated prizes as well as student art works. In total over 120,000RMB was raised, 100% of which go to support TPC children.

We are very proud that Quiz Night was a student-led event. A group of Senior School students and some staff dedicated their time in organising the logistics, staffing the vendor booths, and running the quiz round tabulation. The questions were also created by students.

Says Anthony Reich, DCSPD Director of Global Citizenship, "This is one of my favourite events of the school year. We have students, parents and teachers all coming together under one roof for a night of community togetherness. There is always such a buzzing atmosphere, and we have so much fun, but it is fun with a purpose and real meaning and impact behind it. The money raised goes on to have such a huge impact at TPC. It is a very special event.”

Ultimately the top prize went to the "Old Alumnae" team composed of recent DCSPD graduates, proof once again that a Dulwich education gets you to the top!

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Students Raise Awareness about Mask Pollution

5 May, 2021 - Sustainability, Service Learning

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The Year 2 children at DUCKS have been busy over the last term making a difference to our planet!

We had a wonderful e-visit from the author of ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’, Sarah Roberts, where we listened to the journey of a plastic bag in the ocean who gets swallowed by different ocean creatures. The children were shocked by the effect plastic is having on our planet and oceans. They decided they wanted to find out more and try to tackle this problem.

After some comprehensive research, the children found that since the outbreak of Covid19, there has been increased pollution to our land and seas in the form of single use masks. We collected some data to find out how many masks the Year 2 children and teachers wasted in just one day. Then, using our amazing calculation skills, we worked out how many were wasted each week, month, and year. The numbers were dreadful- It was time to do something!

Across Year 2, we wrote over 120 letters informing people of our findings which we hoped would help persuade people to think twice about what happens to their masks. In order to drastically reduce the waste made from masks alone, we had to be clear and concise in our efforts.

The children decided who and where they wanted to send the letters to. The letters reached all DUCKS classrooms, as well as many classes in Junior and Senior school. They were also sent to several different schools in Shanghai, Hong Kong and even the Prime Minister of Australia!

Across DUCKS we have already seen a dramatic increase in the use of reusable masks. We hope to get some responses soon and we are so proud of what the Year 2 children have achieved.

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Refugee Response CCA Raises Funds for Choose Love

24 April, 2021 - Service Learning

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The Refugee Response Team report on their determination to overcome the challenges created by Covid-19 in a service context  

Despite the numerous disruptions created by COVID-19, we were determined to continue our work; we were incredibly fortunate to be part of a fundraising opportunity at the Winter Choral Concert in the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, attended by our wider Dulwich community. At the Winter Choral Concert, we aimed to promote altruism during the holiday period by a selling myriad of products for our different partnering charities, including an organization called Choose Love.   

Choose Love is an aid organization that provides life-saving and essential items around the world to refugees in need. All of the funds raised the night of the performance were donated straight to purchasing products for refugees. Products included education kits, hot meals, clothes, blankets, and baby clothes. We were delighted with the level of generosity showed by our community.   

On the night of the performance, the Refugee Response CCA raised enough to purchase 7 education kits, 5 blankets, 4 sets of baby clothes, and 5 hot meals. We would like to thank the Dulwich Community once again for their generous donations. To find out more about the gifts you have given and to explore further opportunities to help refugees at this time, please visit   

Even when numerous projects around the world have come to a standstill, we have continued to explore more possibilities and virtual opportunities to further support refugees. For instance, we have recently completed ethical training and worked as translators for refugees with Tarjimly, an app which connects us to refugees in real-time. You can find Tarjimly on the App store on your mobile device. This gives us a great opportunity to give back directly to refugees despite the inconveniences of the pandemic.  

Look out for more exciting Refugee Response projects in coming terms too! COVID-19 will not stop us from building bridges to help refugees around the world.  

The Refugee Response Team