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Global Destinations, Social Entrepreneurship International Forum

Recently, four exceptional students from the Senior School: Iliana Skordi(myself), Emily Kyriakides, Helen Zhu and Kristin Dikaios, were selected to participate in an international conference – a forum-, named “Global Destinations -Buddies without Borders-”, because of their outstanding applications! All students of the Senior School were informed about the program, and the students were able to apply, and with the support of our inspiring Greek teacher, Mrs Maria Zapiti, were able to be chosen from a large list of international applications (as the coordinator, Mrs Yihung Mohs informed us)!

Buddies Without Borders Online Forums are month-long, web-based collaboration and competition projects attended by students aged 12 – 18 around the world. This year, Emily, Helen, Kristen and I, will be working with students from countries like Indonesia, the USA, Canada, Morocco, Egypt, Spain, France, Taiwan, India, and more, something that will allow us to hear different points of view from all around the world, as well as establish long- lasting relations!

Forums such as this one, are held 3-4 times a year. Around 3-4 representatives from each country are selected to meet weekly online. Students are grouped internationally into teams, assigned a country as their joint identity, and together throughout the month they will debate and co-author recommendation papers to solve a predefined SDG-related challenge.

Each team is coached by a college student and each session features a guest speaker. All papers are reviewed and ranked by international educators including college admission officers and subject-matter experts. The winning Team’s paper is published online, and one Best Representative receives a free year-long International Online Internship provided by Leadership Initiatives and funded by top brands including Microsoft and Starbucks. Finally, a Pioneer Award is given to an exceptional student leader which offers the opportunity to establish a BWB Club in his or her school community free of charge.

Hitherto, we have shown promising results in the practice, ice-breaker rounds, where we were challenged to think philosophically, and ask our team-mates: “The best question we have ever been asked!”. Moreover, we had to answer our team-mates’ equally philosophical and challenging questions, and further discuss these topics with them. An example of these questions is: “The things that change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe…How do you think small things can change the world today?”, as well as “Do you really care about global issues and problems happening in your surroundings and the society or is it just an act to prove that you’re a good and well-educated person?”.

I know that we are all looking forward to working with our fellow participants, and realize that this is a truly great opportunity, which will end with us formulating fruitful responses, and will build upon our already vast knowledge of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals! This experience will remain enshrined in our memories, and will be extremely valuable for our educational, social, and entrepreneurial progress in the future!

I hope that I have inspired you all to take part in the next forum!

Iliana Skordi, Year 8R 

“This is my first time participating in this event of Gobal Education Destination, and it is truly an honour to be able to work with these talented people who are from all around the world. This opportunity allowed us to gather different perspectives upon similar things and of course, different ideas with the same aim behind: to make this world a better place. Furthermore, we are given the chance to build new friendships across the world, whom I might never have thought to be friends with. For me it was not winning that matters, but rather learning from others.”

Helen Year 11 

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle