Last week, SEK International School was honored to attend the World Innovation Summit for Education 2017 at the Qatar National Convention Center. Across 3 days, students, teachers and parents were involved in different activities, conferences and workshops under the theme Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Liv and Work Together.
Tuesday, 14th November MYP Grade 8 Learning Lab – LittleBits, Cad design and 3D Printing
Grade 8 students participated in a maker workshop to empower their creativity. They created a remote control car using LittleBits, a droid inventor kit to create the next generation of droids. After that, students created a model using an online CAD platform; the digital model was imported to a 3D printer and they could finally see their three-dimensional creations.
Wednesday, 15th November DP Grade 12 – Opening Ceremony and Learning Lab C2 Workshops
The students got to experience the inspirational opening address by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and the thought provoking special address by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria attended by Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan and other notable panel members, all anchored by BBC World’s Yalda Hakim. It was a privilege to be part of the audience!
All of the speakers discussed the theme of education and its potential role in bringing harmony to an unstable world, and all offered insight and perspectives from which our students can both learn and use to deepen their own understanding of global issues and solutions. There was advice too, in the form of exhortation from several of the panelists for our young people to become adept at processing the world of the media and distinguishing between truth and manipulation.
We’re sure that for many of our students education has never felt so vibrant and vital.
Following on from the opening ceremony and panel discussion was a series of opportunities for the students to add their own voice to the proceedings. Working with both the Canadian based C2 workshop and global news network Al Jazeera allowed them to speculate on the nature of education in the future and the role the media has to play in any future conflict resolution.
Grade 2 Textile Craft Interactive Workshop at SEK Qatar International School for Doha Learning Week
As part of the Doha Learning Week initiative, SEK Qatar offered a fascinating workshop where Grade 2 students, who have been exploring the timeless textile craft of weaving, hosted an interactive workshop to share their learning with their parents. During the workshop, students guided their parents through the process of weaving on a loom and collaborated to create a large-scale rug. In promotion of sustainability, the rug was woven entirely from recycled textiles and yarn created from reused clothing.
The workshop was inspired by the impressive Imperial Threads exhibition currently being held at the Museum of Islamic Art. The MIA collection showcases elaborately designed carpets, a well-known feature of Islamic Art and was a reference point during the students’ inquiries into woven rugs.
Thursday, 16th November – MYP Grade 7 Generation Amazing Learning Lab and Closing Ceremony
Grade 7 students participated in the workshop “Generation Amazing Football Activity”, by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
Generation Amazing is Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s flagship corporate social responsibility program. It uses the opportunity created by Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup to empower and educate people across Qatar, the region and the globe. Our students were invited to join Generation Amazing learning lab to participate in an energetic session that promoted:-
An Inclusive Generation: Teaching children the importance of accepting others regardless of their background, characteristics or situation –therefore reducing social exclusion in the society.
A Healthy Generation: Encouraging children to adopt healthy and active lifestyles.
A Green generation: Promoting sustainable behaviours to children –encouraging them to lead “reduced energy” lifestyles.
After the Workshop, SEK Qatar had the privilege to attend the WISE closing ceremony and listen to the inspiring work of Dr. Patrick Awuah who is this year’s recipient of the WISE Prize for Education.
We are very grateful to the organisers and the sponsors for what was a great opportunity – thank you WISE and please have us back for the next summit!