Irina Bokova, the former head of UNESCO visited Surval Montreux to participate in a student-led panel discussion on topics such as women in leadership, international relations, and the ongoing efforts of UNESCO to promote quality education in the modern age. Throughout the discussion, the importance of authenticity, empathy and a broad global perspective as a woman on the international stage emerged as the resounding message.
Soledad (Grade 9, Mexico) says she learned, “You can be soft spoken but still be a good leader. That way you are judged by your case and not the volume of your voice.” The panel ended with Mrs Bokova’s urging students to “just go for it.” Charlotte (Grade 11, England) said that this was what inspired the students the most, to stop worrying about whether they should do something and to act on their ideals.
Patricia Woodhouse, Principal of Surval comments,
“We are absolutely delighted that Mrs Bokova could join us today to share her experience and wisdom with our girls. This event is exemplary of Surval’s ethos and the education we deliver here, preparing young women to play an active part in this increasingly global society. We are extremely grateful to Mrs Bokova for enabling our students to engage with an influential leader, from such a fascinating organisation.”