IB World Student Conference Hong Kong Pathways World School, Gurgaon
The 31st of July to the 6th of August 2018, marked the dates for the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference in Hong Kong. The event, held in conjunction with the University of Hong Kong (HKU), drew approximately 250 IBDP Students from around the world and explored the theme, "Education for All: Moving Towards a Gender-Fair World". Students were provided with a platform to address critical issues on early childhood education and gender equality, woven within 2 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Students engaged in discussions with global leaders, teachers, and scholars - including both HKU faculty and alumni - to work toward solutions that would successfully alleviate the gender inequality that still exists throughout the world. Dr Namita Agrawal, Grade 11 DP Coordinator at Pathways World School was the singular representative of India as one of the 9 select leaders of the Global Action Team (GAT) for the conference.
During the GAT sessions, as directed by the leaders, students researched on international organizations and current world leaders working towards promoting women's education.
Alongside this investigative aspect, students were guided through critical analysis on how they may contribute to highlighting the importance of women's education in their own communities and the evaluation of how higher education for girls may guarantee equality in the women's future lives and relationships.
Further discussions mirrored the TOK approach, encompassing profound topics such as the possibility of inter-cultural understanding, whether an opposing set of cultural views can both be 'right', and how the capacity to communicate personal experiences and thoughts through language may affect knowledge.
Upon the conclusion of the event, each GAT was instructed to produce an outline of a CAS Project Plan to demonstrate how they would apply the ideas and lessons learnt during the conference.
Dr Namita Agrawal and her 3 student groups from various international schools presented their project plans alongside numerous teams on the global forum, proudly achieving the first two positions for two out of three awards presented by the conference: "The Best Project" and "The Most Innovative Project", a commendable conclusion to a rewarding event.