Noblesse oblige (/noʊˌblɛs əˈbliːʒ/; French: [nɔblɛs ɔbliʒ]) is a French expression used in English. It translates as "nobility obliges" and denotes the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person who holds such a status to fulfill social responsibilities. Your degree of privilege calls upon a responsibility to give more. In that that Builders & Brainchilds endeavors to start socially responsible initiatives and sustainable projects directed at communities from the global south. We’d like to share with what is in the woodworks.
As of next month we’ll be issuing out a newsletter to our subscribers where you can get detailed information of our activities. So far there are four initiatives and projects in the pipeline:
There is a scholarship programme for primary and secondary students who show innovation and leadership, and are not necessarily the classic 'A' student academic overachiever. There are so many organisations offering the latter, we’d like to offer scholarships students who already show signs of wanting to give back to their communities. The undergraduate fund has the same criteria, but of course the university student is required to academically pass every year. For our educators, there is a Teacher Exchange Programme (TEP) in the pipeline. This is where teachers from developing countries are subsidized to train in a first world country. We are looking at conducting one exchange per year.
For our broader community, we have launched a monthly FREE Book Giveaway Initiative (BGI). Every month we give away a book that falls under the umbrella of themes we promote. All subscribers and followers have to do is write a comment under the social media post on how the book is relevant to them or/and others. At the end of each month the comments are read by the team, and a winner drawn. The book is shipped for FREE of charge. As a bonus the winner gets to feature in the following month’s newsletter. This month's book is titled 'Speaking of Speech' by David Harrington and Charles LeBeau. Builders & Brainchilds will issue its first newsletter next month. Subscribe to the website to follow the impact we’re making. If you’d like to get involved, send us an e-mail expressing your interest, stating what areas you’d like to contribute towards. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.