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The Big Challenge at BISS Puxi

11 March 2015

Every year the Global Classroom challenges all the schools in Nord Anglia Education with a project. Last year it was the Water Challenge and the year before we competed in Dance Unites. This year the Big Challenge was ‘Make it Right’, focusing on the Convention of the Rights of the Child and raising awareness that these rights are still ignored in parts of the world, 25 years after the United Nations initiated the treaty. Dorothee Chareyron, the Global Classroom lead teacher for secondary, along with some of the students who took part, tell us how our school responded to this year’s Big Challenge.

  • Students from across the whole of the British International School Shanghai took part in the Global Classroom Big Challenge in partnership with Oxfam
  • Students from across the whole of the British International School Shanghai took part in the Global Classroom Big Challenge in partnership with Oxfam
  • Students from across the whole of the British International School Shanghai took part in the Global Classroom Big Challenge in partnership with Oxfam
  • Students from across the whole of the British International School Shanghai took part in the Global Classroom Big Challenge in partnership with Oxfam

Students from across the whole school have been involved in The Big Challenge

Dorothee Chareyron, the Global Classroom lead teacher for secondary

The Big Challenge this year is in partnership with Oxfam, drawing on their ‘Mr Rights, My Voice’ campaign, and key coordinators from Oxfam will be part of the judging panel. We submitted our entry last week after months of work and are very pleased with what the students have put together.

BISS Puxi has decided to choose a topic that would involve as many students as possible from across the primary and secondary schools. After a lot of thought and debate and votes in assemblies, the school decided to focus on Child Labour in Cambodia.

Throughout this project, the students have demonstrated great teamwork. We started back in December with Year 8 who worked tirelessly on this project during their PSHE classes. In January, Year 9 joined the team. In February and March, Year 12 stepped in by introducing us to the charity that they work with in Cambodia, the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF).

In late February, we had a team of three students from Year 10 who put together an amazing video that tells the story of our Big Challenge journey from beginning to end. Finally, our primary school students came up with very nice star fish shapes to demonstrate what they had learnt from the secondary students about the work that ISF do and the impact this has on Cambodian street children.

This journey ended last Friday when our project was submitted to the Global Classroom with the great help of Mr Lancaster!

I would like to thank all the students, PSHE teachers, and supporting teachers without whom this project couldn’t have happened. A big thank you also to Mrs Rae, Mr Share and Mr Lancaster who helped this project take shape and supported us all along the journey.

Ezgi Turkmen, Phoebe Li and Freya McKenzie

The work we have done on the Big Challenge has really shown everyone how serious the problem of child labour is and how we should help to prevent it from happening.

We as a school worked on The Big Challenge.  During PSHE and form time we were set the task of producing a presentation highlighting the problems faced by children in Cambodia, and how we as a school can help these children.   We were given time to work in small groups to create our presentations titled ‘Children’s Rights In Cambodia’.  Within our groups we split into pairs and divided the workload to research the country and its issues. The Internet was our key resource and we were able to successfully find the information we needed. We also looked into ways of fundraising and helping the Cambodian children.

Once our presentations were complete, students in Years 7-9 presented it to their classmates.  The best were chosen to be presented to the primary school students in their assemblies. 

Before the Chinese New Year holiday, The Big Challenge team had a conference call with the Indochina Starfish Foundation representative in Cambodia to discuss the ways in which their foundation is currently helping children and how we can help.

We asked her many questions concerning their work. She explained to us how in Cambodia, many children are impoverished and don’t have access to the necessary healthcare and education. Many of these children’s families are so poor that the children themselves have to go to work to help support the families, which also means that the parents spend lots of time working and therefore cannot spend time with their children.

By participating in The Big Challenge our school has come together to spread the message that children in Cambodia need our help.   We have raised awareness of the things we could do to help the children so they can have the life they deserve. If we help them now they will have more opportunities in life. 

It all started in our PSHE lessons and then we shared our knowledge through assemblies in both the primary and secondary schools. In order to also raise awareness amongst our parent community too some students will be sharing their presentation at the Year 6-7 transition evening on Thursday 26 March.

Year 12 CAS students will be working with the Indochina Starfish Organization (ISF) in Cambodia in June 2015.  These Year 12 students will spend time working in a school helping the local children with their literacy skills, and they will also help build much needed facilities such as school outbuildings.

Furthermore our school will be holding fund raising opportunities, for example jewelry making, bake sales, non-uniform days and theme related sales. Across the school all students will have the opportunity to be involved in fund-raising events and each of us will have the chance to play a part. The Year 12 students will share their knowledge with younger students in the school in order to build sustainable links with Cambodia, so that we can all help to make positive differences to help those children in need.