The students staying at Goodenough College in London share the same hallowed halls as several heads of state from around the world, both past and present.
Former President of South Africa, the Hon. F. W. de Klerk famously played a huge role in ending the apartheid; freeing Mandela from prison in addition to lifting bans on the African Nation Congress Party and the Communist Party of South Africa, creating a true democracy. Klerk spent over a year in Goodenough College learning International Politics.
Helen Clark, the second female Prime Minister of New Zealand and member of the Labor party famously opposed the Vietnam War and played a strong activist role before her term in office. More recently, Clark was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She also spent over six months staying at Goodenough College furthering her politics studies.
Carwyn Jones was the First Minister of Wales and only the third Politian to lead the Welsh Government. Formerly the Council General for Wales and Minister of Education, Jones has had a strong political career building up to leadership. Jones prior to his political career studied Politics in London for over six months, staying at Goodenough College.
Sergei Stanishev, the former Bulgarian Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Party studied International Politics in London, staying at Goodenough College before going back to join the Party of European Socialists.
Perhaps one of the ORA students staying with us at Goodenough College has the potential to be a future head of state. Only time will tell, but they are certainly in the right place for inspiration.