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.

Coragem
Os palestrantes da sessão Poder da Juventude se concentraram no destemor dos jovens e em como sua tenacidade e disposição para assumir riscos e mobilizar outros é uma força que deve ser encorajada e desenvolvida. Em um mundo que historicamente subestimou e abrigou seus filhos, movimentos como Marcha por nossas vidas viraram o roteiro, fazendo a pergunta, como as escolas podem fomentar a coragem e a tenacidade na próxima geração?

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.

Autenticidade
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.

Implicações para a educação
O WEF mostrou aos estudantes da Surval através da experiência em primeira mão que nosso mundo precisa de um tipo diferente de liderança. Como seus professores, nossa tarefa é focar no aprendizado holístico e dar aos nossos alunos acesso a recursos e experiências que irão desenvolver ainda mais estas qualidades.