”What makes a happy childhood?”
”Is it necessary for us to listen to children’s voice?”
”Do you know that at somewhere in the world, many children are suffering from hunger and poverty?”
In Primary classes, students engaged in heated discussions. In the front of the form stood a special group of teachers, wearing ties and leather shoes. They made presentations and interacted with the younger students.
These special teachers are our IB students.
Last Wednesday marked World Children’s Day and IB students extended an invitation to a number of Primary classes to take part in IB student led workshops to mark the occasion. IB students prepared presentations and activities to explore “What Makes a Good Childhood?” and “Rights, Needs and Wants of a Child”.
Prior to the workshops there was a mixture of apprehension and adrenalin emanating from the IB suite; some students nervously repeating their rehearsed speeches, others giddily checking their uniforms to show their best appearances to the younger students.
The little teachers spent a lot of time preparing for their presentations.
Some students used the interactive form of question and answer to discuss with younger students about the definition of children.
Some students carried out the “right or wrong” game to tell younger students that they were the future owners of the world so they should feel free to speak out their voices themselves.
Some students chose group discussion and brainstorming so that younger students were more likely to come up with new ideas such as how we could help the people around us.
Primary students were enthralled by the advice, knowledge and guidance that the IB students shared with them and IB students realized the weight of every word said and the impact every action when looking at the eager gaze of the primary students.
As a co-educational primary to International Baccalaureate Diploma Program School, our secondary students often interact with primary students in different forms such as the workshops this time and the heart-warming bookmark exchange in the recent Anti-Bullying Week. Opportunities such as these help students of all ages to develop their communication and social skills and create a sense of community between Secondary and Primary students.
Wang Yuan, the UNICEF special advocate said, “There are still many children in the world having no access to high quality of education. It is our responsibility to make more efforts to benefit those children.”
As future masters of the world, can our actions really have some positive impacts?
Our IB students have already successfully taken the first step by delivering the positive thinking to the younger students. Younger students were asked to cherish what they have, pay more attention to the world around them and influence the people with kindness. To be a caring global citizen, everyone should start with tiny things.
Today, we hope to light up the future of children around the world.
All NACIS students should show the styles of Chinese youth and bear the responsibility of the times.