Participants from as far away as Brazil, India, Slovakia, Pakistan and Argentina came together to discuss a wide variety of topics.
Submitted by Felsted School
More than 250 students from 15 countries around the world participated in the Felsted School’s latest Global Studies program, the sixth event of its kind.
Offering students aged 14 to 17 the opportunity to participate online, the event saw Slovak students collaborate with Brazilian and Indian students, while Argentinian students teamed up with British and Pakistani students.
Covering a wide range of relevant topics, students discussed violence, politics, regional identity, feminism and tomorrow’s global labor markets, among other topics that have a direct effect on young people in today.
The event was founded by the school’s Director of Global Education, Daniel Emmerson, with the help and support of Felsted Summer School’s Academic Manager, Kirsty Fraser, and members of the Felsted Global Education Department.
Speaking after the virtual study group, Daniel said: “The importance of creating opportunities for young people from very different backgrounds and cultures around the world to share and understand each other’s points of view may be underestimated.
“The students involved not only learn about lives so different from their own, but they also realize that they have so much in common and that by working together, they are more likely to succeed in achieving their common goals in the future.”
A flexible schedule meant pupils at the school in Felsted, near Dunmow, Essex, could choose to attend the sessions that interested them most.
The event also saw talks from five keynote speakers, including Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Jessica Ye, who spoke about prioritizing the development of useful skills in school and university, and the founder of the clothing company Daniel Cohen Stuart who led a session on the theme of sustainable development. fashion.
Several students also gave workshops on topics – including how to manage a debate, sustainability, the Arab Spring and the impact of social media – on which they had researched and collaborated, and the program also included an academy of performing arts and a virtual excursion to London.
“It was a very rich experience,” said a participating Argentinian student.
Another participant from India said: “I really appreciate having the opportunity to discuss such important topics in a serious and respectful way, to have the opportunity to learn, but above all to meet so many new people from different parts of the world and learn from their experiences.
This online program has proven that it is always possible to engage, create, collaborate and learn, regardless of where participants may log on.
The school will again hold its famous international summer school on site this year, which has been running since 2014, but was moved online in 2020 and 2021. The summer school will run from July 3 to August 14, 2022 .
For more details visit: www.felsted.org/summerschool
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