Virtual Collaboration on ‘The World of Acceptance and Belonging’ Pathways World School, Gurgaon
As rightfully stated by Malcolm Forbes, “Diversity is the art of thinking independently, together.”
On the 20th and 21st of January, 4 students from MYP 4 were invited to represent Pathways World School Gurgaon as delegates in a ‘Virtual International Collaboration” hosted by The Millennium School, Dubai. This collaboration was based upon the theme of “The World of Acceptance and Belonging” amongst 20-25 schools across 8 countries and 4 continents and revolved around the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion through an open discussion, with regard to Internationalism and Democracy in today’s rapidly developing world.
The content of the collaboration was spread over 2 days, both of which allowed us to not only share our experiences but indulge in listening to others in order to question our role and contribution to global inclusivity.
On the first day of the event, we indulged in a short meet and greet session along with the opening ceremony. Furthermore, Dr. Lisette Nieves, is currently the President of the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY), an institution charged with developing and helping to implement innovations in policy, programs, practices, and technology. She addressed the importance of experiences as they lay a foundation for our future, along with the implementation of ‘peer leadership’ as peer relationships drive a myriad of our values.
Subsequently, we were divided into groups as a part of the ‘Baraza session’ according to our topic of discussion, where we were provided with the opportunity to conduct an elaborative discussion on gender equality, equity in education, body positivity, equal opportunities, etc. On the second day, we interacted with the panel members including Dr. Ayesha Husaini, Ms. Meghan Mackey, Mr. Kadeem Gill, Ms. Vibha Bakshi, and Mr. Dhruv Kent, through an enthralling Q&A session.
We were once again divided into our Baraza groups to compile a presentation based on our discussions from the last meeting, as each one of us presented our intriguing findings.
All in all, this session taught us that we are hyper-individualized. Each one of us thinks differently, feels differently, and acts differently. However, what makes us come together is our ability to create a better world, together. Belonging is not a word, it’s an action. Through conscious diversity, equity and inclusion, we can create a world of acceptance and belong and emerge as powerful and purposeful world citizens.