This year, Bekah Park, Nikhil Lahiri, and Mr. Desai have all teamed up to offer a new learning program for this school year. Dubbed “Global Education,” this program offers three big topics, spanning over the course of nine weeks, during the entire school year. Topics include poverty, climate change, and a topic yet to be determined.
On October fourteenth and twenty-first, students met up and discussed the importance of uplifting a majority of the world’s population out of extreme poverty, in a safe and sustainable way. On October fourteenth, Dr. Prusa, an esteemed economist, and professor at Rutgers University gave an interactive lecture on poverty and the economics behind it. During his presentation, topics such as “what is extreme poverty” and “how does energy tie into sustaining a wage” were discussed.
The second meeting, on October twenty-first, included Mr. Pratik Desai, a member of the United Nations Foundation – an organization that helps citizens understand the goals of the United Nations and what they fight for globally. During his presentation, students were able to learn how the UN created the Sustainable Development Goals – seventeen goals to make the world more beneficial for all (including zero hunger, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and education for everyone; all by 2030). At the end of his presentation, students were also given an opportunity to simulate a UN session, in which countries such as Albania, Cambodia, China, and the United Kingdom formed coalitions and contracts to uplift countries out of poverty.
If you are interested in any upcoming Global Education events, there is a final session on poverty on November eleventh. The next topic, climate change, will begin on December second, followed, and conclude on January twentieth. The third theme, yet to be determined, will start on April seventh. For more information, reach out to Mr. Desai, and join the program!