On the 25th-27th March 14 students representing BIS went to the Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference hosted by Saigon South International School.
It was an amazing weekend in which we enjoyed meeting students from 17 different schools in Vietnam and collaborated to create innovative solutions to important global issues. We got to listen to representatives from different NGOs whose work focusses on improving the lives of many local Vietnamese families affected by poverty and disabilities.
Through a simulation activity we experienced the difficulty of escaping poverty within countries experiencing conflict. We also explored different global issues such as climate change, poverty, education, ethics of science, and global infectious diseases in our Global Action Network Groups. In these groups we investigated, prepared and presented our global issue in any way we wanted to other students. Teaching and learning was a fun experience as it took a lot of collaboration and hard-work to succeed. Overall, it was an interesting and fun experience where we not only learned but acquired the skills to teach and lead within our community.
Ana Samudio | Year 10
Project Impact, a student volunteer group, also had the opportunity to host two workshops, called 'Street Children in Saigon'.
Through these workshops they were able to share their story, aspirations, and most importantly their knowledge about the issue of street children. The aim of the session was to raise awareness about the causes as well as ways young people, including students, can alleviate the issue.
Project Impact also runs a club in BIS, where students are preparing and planning projects with the aim of supporting Binh Loi Social Centre, an organization supporting street children, by helping them raise awareness and funds.
Steven Vo & Keenu Nguyen | Co-founders of Project Impact
Find out more about our group through our Facebook page!