On April 23, the Co-Chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee and Co-Founder of the Not on Our
Watch humanitarian initiative, George Clooney, and international activist John Prendergast, along
with friends and supporters of UWC Dilijan, visited the college.
On 23 April the Co-Chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee and the Co-Founder of the “Not On Our Watch” humanitarian initiative George Clooney and international activist John Prendergast, as well as friends and supporters of UWC Dilijan, visited the college. Students organised a college tour for the distinguished guests and shared the UWC spirit and experiences they have had here. Mr Clooney and Mr Prendergast were shown around the campus area, labs and classrooms, got to know about various co-curricular activities students are engaged in, and absorbed the atmosphere
of the school.
Head of UWC Dilijan College John Puddefoot welcomed the guests and expressed his delight on the
occasion of the event. “Usually we concentrate on environmental sustainability, but it is just as important to sustain humanity. Some of the students here have some personal experience of inhumanity because they come from countries where there are human rights abuses and where citizens do not enjoy freedom of speech.
Here we believe that if we bring different young people to live, play and study together, we will be able to build friendships and connections that will last a lifetime”, he said. During his visit Mr Clooney met Pamela Tebchrany, the first recipient of the Amal Clooney Scholarship. Unfortunately professional commitments prevented Amal Clooney herself from coming to Armenia. The Amal Clooney Scholarship offers one female student from Lebanon a place on a two-year international baccalaureate program at UWC Dilijan. Recipients will be chosen annually based on their exemplary academic performance and demonstrable interest in the promotion of human rights and international issues.