UNleash was an innovative, transdisciplinary project based programme for schools undertaken in 2020. This virtual programme was introduced at the beginning of the pandemic times to support the school curriculum and to take advantage of students not having exams and a prescribed curriculum to follow.
The programme was undertaken with students aged 16–19 across all Cognita secondary schools in the UK and 50% of their Spanish schools. It provided a unique opportunity for students to ‘learn in the moment’ about the impact of COVID-19 on education, health and contrast the various leadership styles of leaders outside the UK or Spain.
Students worked in teams to research the UN Sustainable Development Goals, identify a problem faced by a different country during the pandemic, and use innovation and design thinking skills to create a social innovation aimed at improving the lives of the population in an allocated country.
The programme involved activities such as creating a news style article, giving a 10 -minute video presentation, delivering a talk in the style of a formal resolution to the United Nations in Geneva, creating a short advert on TikTok about UNleash and a 5-minute edited video capturing their journey over the programme.