From 7 to 10 March, seven GIN students, together with Mr Toye and Ms Maris went to the annual Global Issues Network (GIN) conference in Luxembourg. Below three of the ISH students who went: Boaz, Tinkara and Sofia share their experiences
Submitted by Wieneke Maris
"The trip as a whole was an amazing and invigorating experience! It was filled with learning opportunities not offered by a "regular" school: such as giving a speech in front of 250 people, and having workshops where you collaborate with new students on a daily basis while thinking of sustainable solutions for global issues. We also heard from CEO's of different organisations (linked to GIN), who shared very interesting information!" Boaz van der Schaaf
"This year's GIN Conference in Luxembourg was an experience that I will never forget. I learned so many new things, met different students from all over the world, that are eager to take action on many different issues around the world. During the 3-day conference I enjoyed in the different workshops such as talking about fascism in Italy, learning about a company called TechnoGreen SA, and having a look through the process that Zach Ingrasci has taken to create his documentaries. The conference gave us many ideas that we brought back and we are already working on now." Tinkara Muri
"After a very exciting yet exhausting trip to Luxembourg, I have come back glowing and ready to take action at the ISH. We had an overwhelming amount of inspiration for sustainability being given to us from all directions, coming from school students like me, NGO's, individual initiatives, and more, and so many ideas have been created. One of my favorite guest speakers was the creator of "living on one dollar", and he had a workshop where we learned about how to film our own movies about issues that we were really passionate about. Apart from the actual conference, I really enjoyed meeting new people that all had something very interesting to say, and also building relationships with the people that came from ISH with me. I really enjoyed going to Luxembourg, and if I was allowed to go next year I definitely would." Sofia Sanchez-Aro
Within just a week of the conference we already have several new initiatives getting off the ground: an innovative sustainable toilet paper scheme which uses our recycled paper, a baking club at an elderly home in our neighborhood and a school building project to help address poverty in Tanzania. We can't wait to see what this motivated and inspiring group of students will come up with next!
Boaz, Bruno, Finn, Heqi, Mehrbanoo, Sofia, Tinkara, Mr Toye and Ms Maris