Global citizenship among hot topics with students at GEMS International School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The students at GEMS International School, Al Khail witnessed a powerful speech by Kailash Satyarthi – the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Malala Yousafzai.
Satyarthi recently launched a campaign called ‘100 million for 100 million’ – an initiative that promotes and believes in the power of youth, within schools and universities across the world.
Shining a spotlight on the importance of youth, Satyarthi said: “The power and impact that children can collectively create is incredible. As the future leaders of tomorrow, you can ensure that every child has equal access to education and freedom. Through this campaign, people can create a strong value towards driving global citizenship and help address some of the most pressing issues around the world.”
Satyarthi also spoke at length on issues in countries like Africa and parts of Asia and shared his experiences with children who have been subjected to child labour. He stressed on how privileged people are in the Middle East to have access to good quality education and resources and must put that to use to bring about significant change.
Dr. David Ottaviano, Principal, GEMS International School, Al Khail, said: “Schools are now actively trying to incorporate global citizenship within their practices. It brings to educators and other people that work with children, the calling to connect the world and the world’s problems to our students and Kailash Satyarthi was eloquent at doing that. He put all the concepts down in a simplistic way for our students to understand.”
Among other topics, the key discussions were surrounding global citizenship as one of the biggest phenomena that’s being incorporated by educators in schools and universities today and how education will help students take responsibility for the world they are inheriting.