By Laurence Myers
Sustainability & Service Learning Coordinator
International School of Kuala Lumpur
As time passes it becomes more and more obvious that schools in the region need connection. All too often those responsible for sustainability and/or service learning are individuals tasked in making important changes to their school community. There is power in being "the one" to make positive change in one's school, but there could also be dearth of support, largely due to the complexity of the situation and well the pioneering element of this direction.
Enter those in other schools sharing the same journey. The benefit of a relatively new concept is that "the sky is the limit". The draw back is that often one doesn't quite know toward where, exactly, in that big broad sky one has to move. It is natural, then, for many in the region to want to collaborate, to share best practices to bounce ideas off of each other in an arena that is pioneering and open to divergent and emergent thinking.
This support took some shape at the EARCOS Teachers Conference. But recently Teresa Tung, MYP Community and Service Coordinator at NIST, announced the formal launch of the Global Citizenship Summit II to take place in Bangkok from September 19 to 21, 2014. The summit is a collaborative effort of NIST and JUMP Foundation's Global Leadership Center with support from all those in the region interested in sharing ideas.
So, where this website serves as a bit of a "one stop shop" for things, the Summit is, quite literally, a unique opportunity to engage with the professional sustainability, service learning and global citizenship crowd at Asian international schools. So, if you're a seasoned veteran or just got your assignment for next year it's time to pack the bags, to head to Bangkok's Pines Resort for a few undoubtedly positively exhilarating days!
More info? Wanna attend? Go to http://goo.gl/JiwNha and sign up!
This blog is currently being updated by Laurence Myers, K-12 Service Learning Coordinator at the American School of Dubai. We are hoping the blog becomes a compilation of posts from a variety of people in the region and around the world. Want to add something? Send it along!