During the GIN conference, students from different schools will break into small global village groups. Each group will consist of about 10 to 15 student members. The objective is to build good relationships between its members so that they may continue to collaborate even after the conference is finished. Global Village groups will be meeting regularly during the conference and will eat one meal together.
During Global Village meetings, the groups shall:
- Perform ice breaking and team building activities
- Discuss ideas presented by keynote speakers
- Develop a simple action plan to address a local, regional, or global issue
- Share with other participants and their community on Facebook and other media.
The Theme is Sustainability and before, during, after the conference delegates will focus on improving their projects.
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Global Villages Sessions are designed by Dr Mike Johnston and Gitanjali Paul and facilitated by Bali Island School, Dyatmika and International School Manila Global Village Leaders.
Mike Johnston helps lead schools towards greater sustainability and improved learning. He has empowered students, teachers and leaders in the places he has worked such as Canada, Scotland, Mexico, Russia, Qatar and Singapore to know they really can make a difference in the world. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action. In pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Systems Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change.
Gitanjali Paul is a High School Social Studies Educator and Sustainability Coordinator at the International School Manila, Philippines. She has trained and coordinated students to run numerous workshops, conferences and projects. Some examples include regional and city-based Global Issues Network (GIN) Conferences in Manila since 2012, a school-wide sustainability initiative, and youth leadership workshops. Gitanjali is a strong proponent of using education to empower youth as agents of positive and sustainable community change. As such, she is currently developing curriculum and training programs as volunteer Youth Leadership Team Leader for Compass Education.