Global Perspectives: The lessons we learned from attending the World Economic Forum

This January, Surval students were invited to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. As world leaders and activists were discussing issues such as Ending Modern Slavery, and Our Disposable Society, our students noted recurrent themes and enduring understandings that they can apply to their experience here at Surval. The following are four key takeaways which schools should look to in preparing students for innovation and leadership.

Coraggio
I relatori della sessione Power of Youth si sono concentrati sull'intrepidezza dei giovani e su come la loro tenacia e volontà di correre rischi e mobilitare gli altri sia una forza che dovrebbe essere incoraggiata e sviluppata. In un mondo che storicamente ha sottovalutato e protetto i suoi bambini, movimenti come Marcia per le nostre vite hanno ribaltato il copione, ponendo la domanda: come possono le scuole promuovere il coraggio e la tenacia nella prossima generazione?

Empatia
This was perhaps the most persistent theme throughout the conference as panelists and speakers emphasized the need for people to look after each other and our world better as we tackle the issues of the 21st century. At Surval we teach a broad global curriculum, encourage social enterprise, and ensure students have rich and diverse experiences in order to foster this sense of empathy which is so crucial.

Autenticità
Panellists in the Digital Safety for Youth forum stressed the need for young people to be socially responsible in the digital world. They stressed that in addition to being kind, it’s important to be your authentic self as you look to make meaningful connections and build relationships. As social media is pushing companies to be more transparent for communications, the workforce will greatly need people who are practiced in building connectivity in authentic ways.

Implicazioni per l'educazione
Il WEF ha mostrato agli studenti di Surval, attraverso un'esperienza diretta, che il nostro mondo ha bisogno di un diverso tipo di leadership. Come loro insegnanti, il nostro compito è quello di concentrarci sull'apprendimento olistico e di dare ai nostri studenti l'accesso a risorse ed esperienze che sviluppino ulteriormente queste qualità.