“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” – Cesar Chavez
The Students of SAI International School represented the country at the 4th Design for Change Global Conference hosted by DFC Taiwan from November 30th to December 2nd, 2018. The Conference was a culmination of stories of change from 24 countries. SAIoneers were part of the event to showcase their ‘100 Library Project’. There were represented by Class XII students Ayushi Mohanty and Vishnu Kumar Lohia.
On the first day, the students went for presentation practice and attended a Welcome session with all the conference participants from various countries. Some teams performed small skits, songs and traditional dances of their own countries. The entire programme was an exchange of culture which was enjoyed by everyone present.
On the second day the two students presented the Mission: 100 Library Project on stage in front of over 1,300 people. It was a wonderful presentation which was appreciated by everyone in the assemblage. Each afternoon they participated in leadership, team building and global citizen workshops. To maximize their international exposure the team was divided so as to make time to interact with all the country members.
International Coordinator Ms. Jessica Patnaik took part in the Being a Global Citizen workshop which focused on social injustice and what kind of help is needed to reduce this problem on a global scale. Ayushi participated in the ‘Unlock our Team Creativity’ where she was assigned a task of evaluating a variety of materials on different criteria. There she learned how team dynamics work and how individuals collaborate in groups while applying team discussions to every Day life. Vishnu spent two afternoons in a workshop called ‘Western and Eastern Pictogram’ which aims to help understand the differences in east and west pictogrames. focusing on the imagination and ancients between the lines. On the evening of the last day our SAI team attended a farewell party, exchanging contact information and taking lots of pictures.
The Be the Change’ (BTC) celebration honours and recognizes the young agents of change for their courage and determination to change the world around them. It also brings together students from various parts of the world to not only share their stories but also learn from each other. This year students from 56 countries will be present to showcase their projects.