On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, three DCDS seventh graders (Ashrita Reddy, Lara Hammoud, Nidiyah Tarver) and three eighth graders (Evangeline Greenwald, Kate Leitao, Evan Singleton) participated in a global student dialogue on “Ethical Leadership: Climate Impact.” Nearly 150 students from four different countries--Argentina, Canada, India, and the United States--attending 19 different schools all came together to discuss their perspectives on the following questions:
- What climate issues matter the most to you? How do these issues impact your own life and people in your country?
- What ethical dilemmas regarding the climate have you faced, and how did you respond to these dilemmas?
- In what ways do you feel you can be part of the solutions?
This virtual student dialogue gave students an opportunity to learn how to engage in respectful dialogue, communicate across differences, and understand multiple perspectives around a complex global issue. The program was organized by the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG), a non-profit association of schools with global education programs, during International Education Week a joint effort of the US Department of State and US Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international exchange.
On March 25, 2021, approximately 60 students - 14 from our DCDS Upper School - participated in a Zoom student dialogue with students from the DCDS Sister Schools in France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Spain. The topic of discussion was "Youth Activism for Global Causes", and in their chat rooms, the students explored what causes inspired them and how to tackle those challenges today and in the future. Several groups also discussed how each country/school is dealing with Covid, where they are in mitigating the illness, and when they think they might be back to "normal".
On Thursday evening, April 15, 2021, several US students participated in the Global Education Benchmark Group student dialogue on "The Ethics of Rural-Urban Divide". Students from China, Argentina, Canada, India, and the United States discussed via Zoom the tensions between urban and rural communities, the reasons behind those tensions (historical, cultural, socioeconomic, etc.), what commonalities exist amongst different countries, and what can be done to navigate these tensions.
These dialogues allow students to listen and to share ideas. It allows for ideas to grow in intellectual nuance and intercultural sophistication; it is not a battle to prove the value of one's own perspective and/or to discredit or devalue the experiences of others. It is truly a learning and growing experience.
These dialogues are offered to students through the DCDS Global Initiatives Program, and they will continue to be a regular part of the DCDS global outreach in the future. If you have any questions, please contact Jacquelin Riley, Director of Global Initiatives, at email@example.com.
List of Participating Schools in GERG:
Academy of Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, USA
Appleby College, Ontario, Canada
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Massachusetts, USA
Colegio Cristo Rey, Córdoba, Argentina
Detroit Country Day School, Michigan, USA
Flintridge Preparatory School, California, USA
Inventure Academy, Bangalore, India
Lovett School, Georgia, USA
Lower Canada College, Montréal, Canada
Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, India
Oakridge International School, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, India
Palmer Trinity School, Florida, USA
Ravenscroft School, North Carolina, USA
Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, Florida, USA
Sri Sri Academy, Kolkata, India
St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Tennessee, USA
The Emerald Heights International School, Indore, India
The Williams School, Virginia, USA
Ursuline Academy of Delaware, Delaware, USA
The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is a leading organization of K-12 schools that researches and establishes best practices in the field of global education and prepares students to thrive in increasingly interconnected world systems.
The GEBG supports member schools through a myriad of benefits including in-depth professional development, collaborative student and faculty travel, discounted travel assistance and insurance, curricular development, conferences, institutional evaluations and endorsement, resource library and a supportive network of member schools. These initiatives help schools establish structures and programs that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and empathic orientation required of global citizens.