Fifteen of our Senior School student-leaders in Service and Sustainability from Year 11 through to 13 attended the first ever One College One Voice Summit hosted by Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong last week. The aim was to unite our students and staff from across the Dulwich College network to inspire us to use our voices in standing up against injustice and to be active in the fight against global poverty and in protecting our planet. Students and staff were challenged to consider local solutions to global problems by utilising the framework of the 17 United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
It is our aim that the development of Service and Sustainability initiatives across the Dulwich Group will ensure that the Dulwich name becomes synonymous with Service. During the Summit, both students and teachers met to share projects they are currently working on, ideas for future collaborative projects and resources. We also had the privilege to listen to two engaging guest speakers; founder of the NGO Teaspoons of Change and Global Citizen author, d’Arcy Lunn and Jakob Silas Lund who works with UN Women humanitarian initiatives.
Our student leaders were exceptional ambassadors for our school, designing and presenting workshops to their peers from other Colleges which challenged their thinking and reflection under the theme of ‘Wealth and Poverty, and Fighting Gender Inequality’. They were further challenged in the Hunger Lunch lottery where they experienced how impoverished people might feel as they go hungry, and in reflecting on their privileges during the Gender Equality Walk.
It was an invaluable experience for all and useful to collaborate on ideas, yet we were all reminded of our responsibility to be active learners and of the ancient Chinese proverb, ‘Talk doesn’t cook rice’.