| Wani Roslan |
A BRIEFING entitled ‘JUMP!ing into Global Citizenship’ was conducted yesterday at International School Brunei (ISB). It was presented by d’Arcy Lunn, an international educator, volunteer, aid worker and most importantly a learner and a global citizen.
The briefing brought various ranges of information with the objective to share information and inspiration to make the students of ISB think, discuss, reflect and act to be more empowered global citizens.
The students were also given a chance to create a sharp picture of not only what a global citizen is but also an active and effective global citizen.
He also explained that a global citizen is one who knows his/her choices, decisions and actions that have an impact on people and the planet.
He gave examples that the amount of paper used has an impact on the number of trees cut and the amount of water used has a direct impact on the stream, rivers and lakes.
Among the issues that were highlighted by d’Arcy Lunn was poverty in which he conveyed significant information to the students to develop a clearer understanding of the issues and roles that they can play in supporting the world’s poorest people to work their way out of extreme poverty.
“Of course these are big and complex issues and we’re not going to solve the world’s problems by ourselves here today.
“Instead, we will look at what we do know, and what we can do, because poverty is about people just like us – mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters with hopes and dreams, concerns and challenges just like us.”
Apart from that, he also shared with the students that one of the best ways to create positive change in the world is through our own choices, decisions and actions.
This is the basis of the idea he created called ‘Teaspoons of Change – Personal choices, decisions and actions that have a positive impact on people and the planet creating teaspoons of change’.
“It will make a difference to you as you learn, participate and grow and it makes a difference particularly among the children so they can access more of the basics in life like education and become powerful participants in their own communities and active global citizens now and in the future,” he added.