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Polly Akhurst

Co-founder and Co-Executive Director, Amala

Polly Akhurst is the Co-founder and Co Executive Director of Amala, a not for profit organisation which uses the power of education to transform the lives of refugees, their communities and the world. Amala has developed the first high school diploma programme specifically designed for displaced youth, and offers non-formal education programmes in areas including Ethical Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship and Peace-building. Polly has also acted as a working group leader and contributor to the OECD’s Education 2030 project. Prior to Amala, Polly spent five years working for UWC International in the area of community engagement and outreach. Polly graduated from UWC Atlantic in 2006 and is a member of the UWC Atlantic Education Committee. 

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International School Awards 2023 Shortlisted Schools Announced
International School Awards 2023 Shortlisted Schools Announced

The shortlisted schools have been announced for the International School Awards 2023 hosted by ISC Research. Read more

The international schools market in a regional context
The international schools market in a regional context

If you had a granular view of the international schools market, how could it support you with your international school growth strategy, development planning, or admissions? Our most recent white paper highlights key factors and trends to be aware of. Read more

Are parents of international school students racist?
Are parents of international school students racist?

Danau Tanu, Author and Japan Foundation Research Fellow at the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies in Tokyo, shares her experiences of internalised racism, helping to raise awareness around the issue. Read more

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