A key focus of the International Baccalaureate program involves helping students develop a sense of global mindedness. This involves building a connection and understanding of the world in which they live, how they fit into that world, and inspiring a willingness to take action on issues of international importance so they truly become ‘citizens of the world’.

Glen Waverley students recently participated in two activities which provided an amazing and exciting opportunity for them to develop global mindedness.

The Model United Nations

The Model United Nations (MUN) is an educational simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, where students role-play as delegates from different countries to address a specific topic.

Held annually at the Glen Waverley Campus, the aim of the MUN is to provide Year 9 students with a platform to discuss and understand complex global issues from the perspective of a different country.

Delegates for China at the MUN Mia Foged and Jenaya Perer
Jasmine Holt, Ria Im and Yulan Bai represent the Ukraine at the MUN General Assembly

The topic for this year’s discussion was ‘Refugee and Asylum Seekers’. Working together in small groups, students researched the country's policies and position on the issue, participated in debates and negotiations with other delegations, formed alliances, drafted resolutions and sought supporters for their motions to promote and protect the interests of their 'countrymen’.

Year 9 student Gemma came away with a ‘new perspective, thinking about how other countries might be feeling, and what they may be experiencing.’

Pedalling for Hope

To make the Refugee and Asylum Seekers issue more hands on, Year 9 students ‘pedalled for hope’ on stationary bikes over three days to replicate the distance that refugees need to travel to find safety and security. They collectively pedalled 870km over the course of the week, raising funds for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), an independent not-for-profit organisation whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social wellbeing.

We’re so proud of them for their dedication, perseverance and commitment to expanding their knowledge and improving their understanding of complex global issues. What a great way to become empathetic and compassionate members of our community!

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