12 April 2012
Cambridge Global Perspectives learners from around the world are taking part in a Student Leadership Symposium in Argentina this week. The event – organised and hosted by Riverside School, Buenos Aires – is taking as its theme Education and Poverty, two of the key topics on the Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives syllabus.
Student delegations from Argentina, Chile, Germany, Oman, the UK and the US attended the opening ceremony on Wednesday 11 April 2012. Hosted by Mrs Mabel Webb, Global Perspectives Coordinator at Riverside School, the opening speakers included Ms Adela Landi, Riverside School Principal, Mrs Mona Nashman-Smith, CEO and Superintendent of ABA School in Oman, Mr Gabriel Rshaid, Principal of St Andrews Scots School in Argentina, and Lucila Sandri, a 5th year student from Riverside School.
Following the opening ceremony, the students visited a primary school in one of the most deprived areas of Buenos Aires to see how education is helping to change lives. Escuela 25 in the La Cava district has 180 children who attend the school in two shifts. Symposium attendees watched an English lesson in action and presented the school with a set of Encyclopaedia Britannica in English as a resource to aid their studies.
Following the school visit, the students had the opportunity to learn more about the Argentine education system with a film edited by two teachers from Riverside School. It highlighted the challenges facing those who live in areas of social and economic deprivation. The students have also started work on their mural artworks to illustrate the theme of the symposium (pictured here).
The symposium continues until Saturday 14 April 2012.
Cambridge Global Perspectives is a cross-curricular course that engages students with world issues and develops skills in critical thinking and independent research. It is available at Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS Level and Cambridge Pre-U (includes an extended project).