During the summer, two St Andrews International School Bangkok students, Destiny and Kunika, attended the NAE-UNICEF Student Summit in New York City. Along with other NAE students from around the world, they delved into the Global Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child while also participating in various workshops and a global Model United Nations. We're very proud of how they represented St Andrews on a global stage.
Here are their reflections on an amazing trip:
The trip to New York for the NAE-UNICEF Student Summit was inspiring and memorable. The most notable parts for me were the friendships formed, the lessons I learned and the appreciation for the city of New York that I had by the end of the trip. It was an exceptional opportunity to get to meet and live for five days with students from Nord Anglia schools around the world, because we quickly discovered that we had more in common than our school’s company, such as our enthusiasm to better our communities. Touring the UN was pretty much a dream come true, as I am in my third year participating in the Model United Nations. Getting to do workshops with UNICEF and the World’s Largest Lesson not only inspired me by getting to hear about what my peers were doing in their own schools but also allowed be to take home several ideas to implement in our school. Finally, an aspect which I did not expect was how lovely New York would be. Not only is it a culturally diverse city, it is also a city full of inequalities which reminded me why I was at the summit - in hopes of uplifting those around me. But most importantly, it is a welcoming city with a rich history, that provided me with an unforgettable trip.
The NAE-UNICEF Student Summit in New York provided me with an unforgettable experience. The days were packed with events, starting with a brainstorming session in UNICEF in which we described the actions our school had taken regarding the Sustainable Development Goals. It was truly inspiring to learn about the initiatives taking place in other Nord Anglia schools. The MUN that took place at the Nord Anglia School in New York was engaging as a procedure that I am not well acquainted with (Harvard) was used, and the MUN was chaired by current undergraduates from NYU, which was very inspiring. The workshops that were carried out with UNICEF, in collaboration with the World’s Largest Lesson, allowed me to gain a different perspective on the efforts that are being taken for the prosperity of children, and the significant amount that we, in our schools, could do to contribute. Moreover, the tour of the United Nations was an amazing opportunity which I am grateful for, as we got to learn about the different councils and also see the General Assembly. This trip has inspired Destiny and I to start our own ECA for the Global Goals, so that we can take action in school as well as in the community.
You can watch a number of daily recaps from the NAE-UNICEF Student Summit on our Facebook page:
Destiny and Kunika’s Global Goals ECA aims to bring awareness to the Sustainable Development Goals, giving students an opportunity to make a difference both in our school and in the wider local community.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Parent Information Evenings,
Roo Stenning (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Head of High School