Earth Focus Foundation
The first Earth Focus project was started at The International School of Geneva in 1992. Following a debate, a newspaper was created to share with others the experiences and concerns discussed. The project was initially supported by the Bellerive Foundation. In 2003, Princess Catherine Aga Khan founded the Earth Focus Foundation to support the ongoing publication of the Earth Focus magazine and the extension of its debates, roundtables and programmes for visits and visiting students.
The Foundation aims to promote and disseminate young people’s understanding of the environment and sustainable development and to encourage them to feel that they have a role in helping to create a better, sustainable and more peaceful world. Young people want to learn and can do so by sharing experiences. Earth Focus allows them to research, prepare and express opinions orally and in writing on global topics. It inspires them to raise awareness, influence and communicate with others (with their peers and with professionals) worldwide by sharing their experiences through a published magazine, the website forum and group projects. Finally, it encourages them to take action and responsibility locally and internationally.
The activities of the Earth Focus Foundation include:
- the professionally published and internationally circulated magazine Earth Focus;
- Earth Focus Debates that allow students to role-play, tackle key world issues and situations, take part in decisions and learn debating skills;
- roundtables with presentations that teach students to discuss and question and increase their confidence;
- visiting international organizations and welcoming international students to Geneva;
- an up-to-date interactive website and discussions forum;
- representing Green Map® in French-speaking Switzerland.
with young people, schools, students and teachers worldwide.