DCDS Global Scholar Candidates Explore Global Issues through Felsted School's Online Global Studies

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Bashar Fakhoury '23

This past July, three DCDS Global Scholars students enrolled in the two-week virtual Felsted School Global Studies course which focused on current global issues (www.felsted.org).  As part of the course, they engaged in live online discussions and shared differing perspectives with high school students from around the world. They also experienced a daily live lesson and had numerous resources to read, watch, and listen to, depending on the topic.  At the end of the course, they developed presentations on one of the course topics of their choice which they will present to their US peers. The students also documented their experiences in a short blog. Below is the first of three installations.

Student Testimony #1 from Bashar Fakhoury

My name is Bashar Fakhoury and I am very interested in global issues. This past summer to improve my global competency, I did a two-week global studies program with Felsted School in England.    

The most amazing part about the class was the diversity. There were dozens of students from countries all over the world:  Argentina, Pakistan, Russia, Mexico, India, and more. Despite this vast range of countries, I was really impressed with everyone’s ability to speak English. With every conversation I had, students were fully fluent. During every lesson, we would split into discussion groups with other students and give our personal takes and, as you would expect, there were unforgettable conversations. 

While there were many things our discussion groups agreed on, there were many topics that we had very different opinions on. Hearing others’ ideas on these global issues took me out of my own thoughts and showed me those of people who were living thousands of miles away, in a culture and upbringing that was much different than mine. One example I remember clearly was a discussion group about the Taliban. I was really surprised to see how many different viewpoints there were about their rule.

Every day I participated in one of the two topics that the course offered. To give you an idea, some of the topics were about child drug trafficking, black market industries in the pandemic, and opposition parties during the pandemic.      

While all of these topics I mentioned stuck with me, there was one that piqued my interest the most: how climate change affects the migrant crisis. Before this class, I always knew that climate change was going to negatively affect humans and force many to find safer places to live. I just never understood, however, the massive scale of this crisis.  Similar to other topics, we were given many resources to read and watch to help us understand the issue. One of the statistics that was shared with us, though, blew me away.  According to the U.N., there will be up to one billion climate migrants by 2050! (Climate migrants are those who leave their homes due to climate stressors.) 

After having such a great experience with a global dialogue like this, I am planning on doing additional virtual discussions through Country Day and our sister schools in the upcoming months.  Additionally, the topic of how climate change affects the migrant crisis has made me interested in Country Day’s environmental science class.  It has also encouraged me to join the school’s Climate Action Club.  

If you would like to meet people from around the world and study fascinating topics that affect you and others from many different countries and backgrounds, Felsted’s Global Studies program is a great program for students.  

If you have questions about any aspect of the DCDS Global Initiatives program, contact Jackie Riley, Director of Global Initiatives, at jriley@dcds.edu or call 248.430.2732. 



 

Basetti, Francesco. "Environmental Migrants: Up to 1 Billion by 2050." Foresight, www.climateforesight.eu/migrations-inequalities/environmental-migrants-up-to-1-billion-by-2050/. Accessed 30 Sept. 2021.

 

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