About us

We engage students and youth groups all over the world to lead their campuses and communities towards a more sustainable and just future.

 

The challenge

Globally, less than 3% of people go to university, but 80% of leaders have a higher education. Most universities are not yet ensuring that all their graduates leave equipped with the knowledge and competencies needed to be leaders for the sustainable and just future we want to see. Education should prepare students to implement sustainability and social justice in their adult roles as workers, community members, consumers and investors.

There are 14,000 universities in the world, and that number is set to double in the next 10 years, with much of the growth in the global south. In parallel, the urgency of climate change, and the global goals for sustainable development provide substantial motivation – we need to go further and faster!

Luckily, students have always been at the heart of social change. Climate change, sustainability and social justice are urgent and real challenges that young people want to address.As such, we are witnessing an increasing number of student-led projects. Yet, these often do not reach further than their own institutions. Likewise, there are many students who want to develop such projects, but do not know what exactly to work on and how to start.

Our response

This is where SOS International comes in. We engage and mobilize student and youth groups, enabling them to be the change agents that lead their campuses and communities to a more sustainable and just future. We provide knowledge and support, share proven solutions and help develop capacity. Our aim is to make innovative social and sustainability projects publicly available and accessible to all.

We have a global outlook, collecting insights from student communities all over the world to shape our work and secure a student voice at the table of decision makers. We work with partners to ensure education for sustainable development is mainstreamed across their teaching and learning. We connect like-minded people and enable peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.

SOS International offers multiple sustainability engagement programs, projects and campaigns for its members to deliver. Each has been designed by another SOS-member and has proven results. Building on over a decade of experience, our portfolio is designed to be easily adaptable in new organisations and countries. SOS International aims as well to use such network to develop campaigns and research on sustainability, and, in the long run, offer funding possibilities for students wanting to develop projects.

 Who we are

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SOS International registration info

c/o DSF, the National Union of Students in Denmark
Jernbanegade 4, 2. tv. DK-1608 Copenhagen V, Denmark
VAT reg. no.: 40262504