Global Dignity

Lotus Learning Foundation celebrated the first Global Dignity Day in India

Global Dignity

In 2006, three Young Global Leaders began a conversation at the World Economic Forum about how polarized the world felt.

John Hope Bryant, CEO and Founder of Operation HOPE, based in the United States, Pekka Himanen, author, professor and advisor to the former Finnish President, and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, met for the first time at the World Economic Forum in 2006 and felt compelled to do something that would spread the values and principles behind this powerful concept of “dignity.”

During the World Economic Forum gathering, they wrote the Founding Principles for a new non-profit organization, Global Dignity. Muhammad Ali was the first person to sign on. Next, they found a school down the mountain in Switzerland and led the first immersive, storytelling-based workshop on dignity in just one classroom. Bishop Tutu left the Forum to join them in the school, and when Sir Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel saw Bishop Tutu leaving the conference, they joined too.

Global Dignity

And that is the story of how Global Dignity was founded. From that one classroom of students in 2006, we now work in over 70 countries. In 2017, over 680,000 young people and civil society leaders, volunteer facilitators, parents and teachers were engaged with Global Dignity workshops, forums and assemblies.

Lotus Learning Foundation celebrated the first Global Dignity Day in India on 12 th October, 2018. Prof. Dr. N. Radhakrishnan Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies gave a special lecture on Global Dignity. We had a panel discussion in which Ms. Nicole Huber, City Manager of Heidelberg (Germany), Dr. Johannes Paul Tröger Chief Evangelist, Ameria

What people say
We have received tons of awesome testimonials

‘You have truly touched my heart and changed my life. Thank you so ,so much for your incredible work building. Lotus your beautiful smile, incredible songs, and inspiring welcome here. Good education is at the base of all greatness and I am sure that the kids wear will rise above the stars thanks to you. Together we'll march on to change history in the 21st century.’

Tamar Guttmann

‘I am very happy and grateful that I had the chance to come here and meet you all. This truly is an amazing start in 2019. The fact that you all came here to meet us despite holiday season, prepared an amazing concert for us and told us about your dreams, shows that you are very happy here. I wish you all the best in achieving everything you want to. If I can contribute to that in any way, I would be more than happy to do so. Let's stay in touch! I am looking forward to come back and see you all again.

Eda Nur Yilar

‘Dear children, teachers and school administration team, thank you very much for welcoming us with open arms. It has been a very long time since I have been in a classroom and school yard. To start the year 2019 with meeting you, smiling and feeling of happiness give me the courage to do more. Thank you! I hope that everyone's dream will become true and you all stay healthy! Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know. Stay open minded and greet everyone with a big smile..’

Zinuk Johannes (John)

‘It has been a great day for me to have visited this great experiment in community building through education. Realising the importance of children's education, the Lotus Foundation led by Mrs Poonam Mittal and her family has taken upon themselves the mighty task of educating children in values. Your efforts need appreciation and support. May you be all blessed. Best wishes’

Dr. N. Radhakrishnan

‘Life in villages have improved substantially after Lotus Learning foundation started its various programs. Lotus Learning foundation vision is to help students, farmers and women through educational and other awareness programs. Lotus Learning foundation provides villagers with a good opportunity to become a part of the development process.’

Roland Schatz

Global Dignity

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Students in Lotus Krishna Vidya Bhawan