Founder & Manager, Living School; Organiser of the LH Forum for Children
BACKGROUND / Academical and professional background
Caroline Sost is the founder and director of Living School, an innovative ecocitizen primary school (Paris 19th), which aims at enabling, through education and training, the emergence of fulfilled and responsible citizens in the world, who contribute to a real evolution of humanity.
Caroline graduated from the ESCP and holds a Master’s degree of Science in Education. She spent six years as human resource manager in an international group. After a Master’s degree of Ethics Leadership Development, she decided to make a sideways career move and joinded the education sector creating as a first step the association Savoir-être & éducation.
Through Living School and the trainings she offers, Caroline Sost wants to work for a renewal of education. She feels that our educational systems need to evolve to be truly creators of humanity. One cannot simply resign him(her)self to “the production of good performers” at the service of a system that is running out of steam. Global challenges (environmental, social, societal, economic, human …) require the emergence of fulfilled and responsible citizens who wish to bring their positive contribution to society.
ACHIEVEMENT / What is your project, initiative, start-up, compay all about?
Caroline’s commitment came real with the founding of Living School. Caroline offers an innovative and ecocitizen school and 100% English after school workshops which allows each year 150 children to blossom.
Meanwhile, Caroline has trained more than 800 teachers in life skills and has animated many workshops for teaching parents what is fulfilling education. Children have initiated and completed a lot of environmental and eco-citizen projects.
Living School has designed and organized Children’s Forum since 3 years. It allows children of Le Havre (around 320 to 500) to launch “projects for the planet”.
LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?
Living School is located in Paris (19th arrondissement) and aims to multiply everywhere.
IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental … impact of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?
– children who develop confidence in themselves (commended by Ken Robinson), empathy and altruism
– children who positively transform society : in one year, 7 starving children have been saved, 700 trees replanted in Casamance (Senegal) and 200 replanted in France by the children, nights in shelter for homeless people of the neighborhood, 21 pandas and 23 polar bears adopted symbolically, we became the buddies of 3 bonobos
– parents and children are more fulfilled
Living School has been recognized by Ashoka as Change maker school and has joined the network of 180 worldwide schools who work for the emergence of change makers.
QUOTE / A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you
“Yes, children can change the world!”