Paul Templeton

A year has passed, and I can honestly say that Paul Templeton has been in my thoughts regularly. Early morning walks with my dogs, at points of joy (When I consider how much Paul would have enjoyed this) and at moments of difficulty (What would Paul have done in this situation?). I am proud when I walk around the campus, that the school still lives and breathes his legacy.

I have been in discussion with the Inspired Chairman and CEO, Nadim Nsouli, who has supported a request to name the new Secondary Building in Paul’s memory. After his passing, we received many kind words and emails of condolences, and in one there was a suggestion that we name an area of the school ‘Unbuntu’. Unbuntu is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity”, or sometimes translated as “I am because we are”, or “humanity towards others”. But it is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.”

This is what drove Paul, and is central to our values as a school. Thank you to the Sanchez Pintado family, who made the suggestion, and it is with joy that I announce that the new secondary building will be known as the ‘Unbuntu Building’. May Paul’s legacy continue to live on in our community and humanity thrive on the back of this.

Jak Kearney
Head of Sotogrande International School

A favourite quote of Paul´s

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Inspired by Jack Kerouac, On the Road

To all the students in Asni, Búa, La Línea, Sotogrande and Nabugabo
I have never met anyone who would place you more at the core of everything than Paul; you have always been one of his most essential purposes in life. “Where are the students?!” you would often hear him say.
Paul spent his life questioning, challenging and reinventing education systems to finds ways of connecting you to your unique gifts and talents. He wholeheartedly believed this would give you a profound sense of “self”; an essential element of happiness. He also materialized his extraordinary vision to take you on the unique journey from ME to WE in order to enable you to transform the world.
May The Kindred Project continue to be the enabler of your wildest dreams and living proof of the positive impact you already have on the world and the people around you. We promise to stand by you, to challenge, inspire and support you.

Paul started with a “What would it look like if…?” And he did it! I am fortunate enough to see you doing this on a daily basis. Continue to have courage, hope and conviction and making it happen guys!
May Paul’s purpose of using education as a force for good be your torch and let the KP wings carry you to your dreams.
Rest in peace Paul, your legacy will eternally live in every student that has been touched by your light and in every member of your beloved worldwide tribe.
Thank you for making us who we are, a global community glued by love.
We will miss you.
Valentina Stirling
The Kindred Project Coordinator

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