Travel

I firmly believe that travel can offer many opportunities for growth in CQ (Cultural Intelligence) and international mindedness. Many schools now offer their students days or weeks off campus wherein there are activities to facilitate experiential learning in CAS, group 4 Science projects, as well as group 2 field studies. Whilst off site from the school & perhaps in a holiday mood & mode it's easy for 'the traveller' to miss those chances for interaction & reflection. How does travel, and in particular ...

Transform Yourself & Others in Service

What better way to partner up in a service activity than to share your skills and expertise in a fun and enjoyable activity, not only to help a partner in a real life challenge but also to learn much about yourself? This report from a recent edition of Tennis magazine highlights the transformative power of experiential learning in a service project. Three years ago, Ellie Carmody was looking for an enjoyable way to fulfill her school’s required service hours. As an avid tennis ...

Resonate

December 26 - the feast of Stephen resonates with meaning for me. Naturally because of my Christian name this day has a special appeal – it's the feast day of my patron saint, St. Stephen. But this year December 26 ‘rings’ to a different tune. Major international news media have been running special reports on the tragic circumstances surrounding the Boxing Day tsunami which, in terms of loss of lives and ruination, is perhaps the most devastating natural disaster of recent times. The day ...

Voluntary vs Mandatory

"It is the sin of the soul to force young people into opinions - indoctrination is of the devil - but is culpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences." Kurt Hahn I'm sure that you'll always find students who will question why is CAS, and especially service, compulsory in the DP. The question of whether a service program should be mandatory or voluntary is, according to Samuel Halperin - the director of the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. "....a ...

where are the girls?

Is this a daring and shocking simulation or a brilliant method of raising awareness? Earlier this year the GC (Global Concerns) club at Daraja Academy organized the ‘disappearance’ of all Grade 7 and 8 girls after their mentoring group meeting @ 8.15 am. In a carefully planned simulation, 180 young Middle School girls were suddenly whisked away from their next scheduled class and taken to a holding area within the campus. Meanwhile notes were left with their teachers.   The boys in Grade 7 and ...

Hong Kong student activism – is it CAS?

By Tuesday, September 30, 2014 , 0

Last Saturday evening, after facilitating Day 2 of a DP-CAS workshop in Victoria Shanghai Academy, I was in a hotel courtesy bus on the way to dine with an ex-student who now resides in Hong Kong. He's a pilot for Cathay Pacific and we had arranged to meet at Hong Kong Station. As the bus neared my destination I looked out the window and I could see large numbers of young people gathering around Central - Hong Kong's CBD. Those numbers swelled ...

World Humanitarian Day

The United Nations celebrates and recognises August 19 as World Humanitarian Day  -  "a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe." I'm a regular reader and follower of Larry Ferlazzo's blogs and twitter ...

The Ice-Bucket Challenge

“Glance through your now ice-water-doused Facebook feed, and it may occur to you that the ice-bucket challenge — in which people dump ice water on their heads and film it to raise awareness about ALS — is among the most successful charity campaigns in recent history. But is it actually a short-sighted effort?” Catey Hill, Market Watch, August 22, 2014 A simple concept, a campaign to raise awareness, to take action, and to raise money for a worthy cause has assumed ...

Chess

I was taken aback to read the following headline and byline in today’s edition of The Guardian - Two players die at world chess event in Norway - Competitor dies in the middle of a match during Chess Olympiad in Norway and another is found dead in hotel room. At one stage of the day this report was in fact was the most popular article being read on the news media’s website. I had never thought about the stress and the strains of competition ...

bold and brave – a path to empathy

I recently read this report on my twitter account from the NPR site. This bold initiative certainly got me thinking more about empathy. I'm interested in your comments and reactions, and I invite you to read, reflect, and react. Is this a good way to build empathy? Imagine this : a high school assembly where students share their deepest, most painful secrets — and instead of judgment from their peers, they get applause. That's the approach Philadelphia's Freire Charter School has taken in its effort ...