School Workshops

Workshop Guidelines for GINAsia 2018: 

Student workshops will be 45 minutes long at this year's conference. There will be 2 slots allocated in the conference program for these workshops and your school's workshop will be placed in one of those 2 slots. 

To help your team prepare an AMAZING workshop for GINAsia 2018, please consider the following guidelines: 

* Focus should be on a global issue OR a school project/campaign OR something related to sustainable development.

* Workshops should include an interactive component: simulation, game, activity (something active where people are moving). Ex: Make a game with blocks on the ground to take up the whole room and use a big die; Ex: create a water walk with actual big jugs and rope and water if you're educating participants about access to clean water. 

* Workshops should be informative: students should learn something valuable.

* Workshops should pass on important tips and info: if your school project was awesome, teach us how to replicate it.

* Workshops should be fun.

* Workshops should allow everyone, in some way, to speak and be heard.

* Workshops could include a handout or some sort of take-away so people can reflect or capture their learning.

* Workshops could include digital resources so students could use those later.

* Workshops should be led, ideally, by your team of 8 or by specific students allocated to this task. You decide, based on the make-up of your team.


School Workshops as of December 2017

Peter Dalglish: From the Front Lines of Girls’ Education. Peter Dalglish, one of our keynote speakers, served as Senior Advisor and Country Representative for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2015.  His many years of experience working in conflict-affected countries such as Afghanistan, Sudan and Nepal has shown him that education for girls is a right that cannot be comprised. How well have we done in ensuring that girls and young women have access to classrooms, and are protected from violence and exploitation? What role can schools, students and faculty play in providing new opportunities for learning for some of the world's most marginalized citizens?

Gede Robi: Journey of Song. The basis of this workshop is an introduction to the history of song as a way to carry a human rights message. Learn about the chain gangs of the peace movement to more contemporary songs of disenchantment and protest. Robi will also share about his own work creating songs with a powerful message, particularly in relation to recent work he has done with primary and high school students in Australia. He will also collaborate with workshop participants about ideas to create songs relevant to issues of personal importance in relation to being a changemaker. This workshop is open to teachers and students.

Justin Bedard: Teaspoons of Change to Create Waves of Impact. Keynote speaker Justin Bedard of the Jump Foundation will lead this inspiring workshop. Prepare to explore the different levels of impact we can have on the Global Goals based on the actions we take. 

Jeremy Nguyen-Phuong & Jamie Huang, Change Leader Academy:  Grow Your Leadership to the Next Level. If you already have an idea for a project or initiative, but are unsure of how to take it to the next level, then this is the workshop for you! Join the Change Leader Academy workshop and have these social entrepreneurship questions answered: Is my idea addressing the right problem and bringing about the right kind of change? Is my idea generating enough impact to make a difference? How can I plan for the future?

Canggu Community School, Bali: Yes Kids Can. Introduction to student led initiatives and how to create them through role play.

Bali Island School: Animal Cruelty in Bali. Animal cruelty is an act of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals. Battling this significant issue is crucial to ensure the humane treatment of animals and advocate for animal rights. Animal cruelty is a common issue in Indonesia, especially Bali, and we aim to take action in our community to support and aid organizations fighting against this problem. Working in cooperation with a local organization (BAWA), we have been able to contribute our assistance to this issue in Bali. In our workshop we aim to raise awareness about this issue and explore possible ways to make a difference regarding animal cruelty. Our workshop will also cover how to treat someone that has been bitten by a dog. Through detailed accounts of victims’ stories, your view and preconceived ideas about this issue may be impacted and challenged. 

Bali Island School: Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is modern day slavery, victimizing and depriving millions of women, men and children worldwide. Combatting this international tragedy is crucial to restore the universal human rights of all human beings, such as the right to freedom of slavery, torture and degradation. Being a prevalent issue in Indonesia, we are striving to take action on a local scale. Working in cooperation with a local foundation, we have been able to contribute our efforts against this issue in Bali. In our workshop we aim to enhance your understanding and knowledge behind this world issue and how you can take action in your community. Our workshop will give you further personal insight into the atrocities of human trafficking, through an interactive live simulation. Through detailed accounts of victims’ stories, your view and preconceived ideas about this issue will be impacted and challenged. 

Bali Island School:  Mount Agung Relief Effort. The island of Bali received alarming news on October 6th, 2017. The tallest volcano on the island, Mount Agung, reached the highest level of alert for eruption in over 50 years. This forced thousands of local residents from the regency of Karangasem to evacuate and leave their homes. These refugees found shelter in the southern part of the island around Bali’s capital Denpasar. Living in football fields and large empty spaces around Denpasar these refugees are in desperate need of help as they have only taken enough supplies for basic sleeping and living conditions. The refugees are in desperate need of food, sanitary products and other necessities to outlast the wait for danger levels to go down. Come join our workshop to collaborate through interactive activities and help raise awareness about the devastating situation of the Mount Agung evacuees. 

Singapore American School: The GINergy Committee. Student engineers have constructed their own solar-paneled lights and insulated rooms. Come to participate in an insulation challenge and to learn more about how you can be directly involved in the green energy movement.

Singapore American School: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Climate Change - How You Can Fight It! You have all seen the natural disasters raging in our world recently. Come to this workshop to learn about how climate change directly caused events like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the floods in South Asia, and other natural disasters. Find out how to create elementary curriculum for awareness and other fundraising methods to help those in need.

Singapore American School: The Tragedy of the Commons: From Land to Sea. From the coral reefs of Indonesia to the rainforests of Singapore, take a journey through virtual reality and simulations to explore the accelerating anthropogenic devastation of the natural world. Learn about how to implement student-directed initiatives promoting sustainability and conservation, including biogas projects on Everest and plant nurseries in the center of the city. 

Surabaya Intercultural School: How Do You Make Paper from Scratch? Paper. You use it everyday at school. Ever wonder how to make it? What if you can make the paper yourself? Come to this interactive workshop and learn how to make your very own recycled paper. Get ready to get your hands dirty!

Surabaya Intercultural School: Making paper from corn husks. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn a second method for making paper. Using corn husks, participants will make their own paper and learn all about this interesting technique. 

Yew Chung International School Shanghai: Stop Single Use Shanghai. Stop Single Use Shanghai will show creative ways to tackle reducing single use plastic usage in Shanghai through collaboration with members of the school community, the expat community-at-large, local environmental NGOs, and local businesses. The workshop will focus on strategies for raising AWARENESS, taking ACTION, and ADVOCACY for policy changes in institutions and business.

American School of Dubai: The Psychology of Service. Want to spark interest in service, fundraising, and initiative in the younger generations of your school? Learn to sensitize students on the most prevalent issues in our world, and spark ideas through platforms other than the common bake sale. We will take a deeper look into the psychological “numbness” our generation may be facing and come up with effective solutions. Through brainstorming sessions, interactive activities, and an analysis of our generation’s mindset, we will find a clearer and more confident outlook about a place to stand in the present and for the future of our society.

NIST International School, Thailand: The Pyramid. As student leaders and natural activists, we often want to take action on our causes with immediacy. Yet, we sometimes forget to ‘aim before we shoot’, and this makes the outcome of our actions dilute our passionate intentions; they may have little to no effect. Through small simulations and a case study exploration of student-run development projects in northern Thailand, this session demonstrates the usage of The Pyramid - a tool that can help students easily guide their initiatives to generate the most meaningful impact, and to help pave pathways and strategies to taking action in general.

NIST International School, Thailand: Service Never Smelled So Good (FairNIST Coffee Social Enterprise). FairNIST coffee is a student-led social enterprise that aims to improve the livelihood of the people of Maeramit village, a small hill tribe in northern Thailand. By developing a partnership, we have been able to bring fairer-trade coffee to the NIST community with all proceeds going towards projects in Maeramit including farmer training, building a processing facility and community infrastructure development. Through this workshop we aim to share how to launch a social enterprise in order to promote sustainable development.

International School Suva, Fiji: Plastic in Paradise. Fiji is widely perceived as a tropical paradise in the South Pacific, where the sun is always shining, and the marine life is pristine. However the growing use of plastic, both in Fiji and around the world, is contributing to increasing problems in the world's oceans for sea plants and animals, with plastic items killing sea life and migrating to even the deepest parts of the ocean. The Fijian government, which has just taken over the role of  President of the UN Council of Parties ( COP23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,  has  this year introduced a levy on plastic bags. Our team will deliver a presentation on the problems  caused by plastic bags in Fiji, and what is being done in Fiji to address these issues.

Jakarta Intercultural School, Indonesia: Paper Usage at JIS. The GIN club at Jakarta Intercultural School has worked with the greater JIS community to limit paper usage and paper waste.  This presentation will outline our efforts and provide opportunities for participants to share what they're doing to reduce paper waste in their communities.  We hope that the exchange of ideas will create a greater impact across schools in the GIN network.

Concordia International School Hanoi: Education for Marginalized Kids in Vietnam. Our workshop will focus on the challenge of equal access to education for marginalized children in Vietnam. We will feature two projects designed by our own National Honor Society chapter. These projects are being implemented in a village near our school. After our presentation, there will be a Kahoot game for attendees to assess what they have learned. We will conclude with a small group discussion for everyone to think about the education situation in their host countries. 

American International School of Hong Kong: Access to Education. Workshop participants will learn about the challenges of providing access to education to children around the world, as well as the UN future goals for education. Participants will also brainstorm ways they can support global education goals in their communities.

Korea International School Jeju: Deforestation: Can it be stopped? Students will be learning what deforestation is, the devastating consequences, and how it affects them directly and indirectly. We will be working together to better understand this issue and how students can take direct action to improve it. Through a board-game, role-play activity, students will be simulating the situation of deforestation to better understand the roles involved and the possible challenges and solutions. As students are the leaders of the future, we hope to help students find realistic changes to make within their own communities and ideas that they can take with them far beyond the conference.

Korea International School Jeju: Aging Society: A Double-edged Sword. Students will learn about the main components that cause an "aging society" phenomenon, how and why some view it as a negative trend and how others view it as an opportunity for society to progress. We will explore the effects of it, what other countries have done over the years to be able to manage this phenomenon, and possible ways we or our schools can make changes. Through a role-play activity, students will learn about the economic impacts of an aging society, and how different demographics are affected by it. Students will be able to take away strategies for sharing and educating about the effects of an aging population with their communities. 

Kaohsiung American School: The Other Side of the Digital Divide: How Access to Communication and Information Technologies Affects Us All. Can you possibly imagine a life without your television, laptop, smartphone, or access to the internet? Join this workshop for a glimpse into what life would be like without access to communication and information technologies. Learn about how the digital divide is affected by access to education, geographic location, socioeconomic status, and restricted access. Be ready for an up-beat, interactive, eye-opening experience!

International School of Manila: Educate and Initiate. A workshop that aims to explore practical initiatives to tackle the contemporary problems of education and, additionally teach workshop attendees the different ways we tackled the problem of education and how they can do the same with their topic of choice.

International School of Manila: Masters of the (Natural) Disaster. Are you intuitive? Are you decisive? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Test your problem solving skills through a reality-based simulation, in light of imminent natural disaster.

Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Beijing: What is E-Waste? China is one of the largest producers and recipients of e-waste in the world. Each year we generate over 40 million tons of e-waste including phones, washing machines, fridges, cameras, computers... and it keeps rising because we are throwing away devices more regularly. Our workshop will explore what is e-waste, why it’s so important to deal with this issue, and what we can do about it.

International School of Beijing: Making Media For Change. What goes on in the minds of the cinematographers behind documentary filmmakers, video podcasters, and investigative journalists who want to make a difference in the world?  Have you ever wanted to work the camera but lacked the confidence or skills to do so?  Come attend this media workshop!  Learn skills and techniques to become a technological, storytelling, and change making force behind the lens. 

YK Pao School, Shanghai: Animating Equity and Education. Our project is based on an ancient Chinese story. The Emperor is cold and gets a coat. He is still cold and wonders how other people in his community keep warm. He has his servants take coal to the farmers. They are thankful. The story teaches us to be caring and to think of everyone. Apart from collecting books and distributing them to schools in need, we are exploring story telling and preserving our Chinese culture. Our workshop will teach participants how to use stop animation to tell our stories in an interesting way. 

Singapore National Academy: Ripple Effects of Education. For our GIN presentation, we will focus on quality education. We chose this topic because we believe that starting from the beginning of anyone's life until the very end, the one thing that sticks with people is knowledge obtained through education. Within our presentation, we will tackle the goal from different angles and try to elaborate on each perspective. As a team, we aim to make our presentation more inviting and personal, and we will include personal stories and games. This one achievement can create so many ripple effects which can help to change people’s mind and the world.

Taoyuan American School, Taiwan: Modern Day Slavery. According to a 2016 U.N report, an estimated 40 million people are victims of modern day slavery. This workshop aims to educate participants via the usage of case studies to demonstrate the route map and the destination of bondage assume numerous forms. Most importantly, it is important to remain informed and current with global issues such as this.

Chinese International School, Manila: Sustainable Service Project Management. High-quality service projects hinge on passionately-driven advocacies, but are also dependent on a number of other factors to be successful. This workshop will focus on teaching the basics of developing sustainable service projects - touching on concepts of systems thinking, design thinking, marketing, and sustainability principles. The goal for workshop participants is that by the end of the session, they will have the framework necessary to build high-impact service projects - all within their spheres of influence. These movements will hopefully be brought back to their own school communities as seeds for positive and sustainable change.

Chadwick International School: Zika Virus. The Zika Virus is a worldwide issue that threatens many people’s lives. In early 2015, a widespread epidemic of the Zika Virus that originated in Brazil spread to other parts of South and North America. As a result, an increasing number of birth defects became a huge concern. The effort to stop the worldwide spread of the Zika Virus is still ongoing. In the growing city of Songdo, South Korea, we took action to raise awareness. Join us on the journey to prevent this serious issue!

Chadwick International School: Bridging the World with Education. Our group believes that education is essential for a successful journey to the future, and that idea is the driving force behind our group’s workshop. Our presentation will highlight the problem at hand, which is a lack of access to education the substantial effects of this in some populations. Also, our presentation will showcase our plans and actions to address this issue in our community. Furthermore, the workshop will include interactive activities for the participants to experience the realities of insufficient education.

Chadwick International School: Animal Testing. Animal testing is a procedure that occurs in the development of medical products. It is a way of proving a medicine’s efficacy and detecting potential side effect before introducing products to the public. But the true reality of the process of animal testing is not what we imagine. More than 100 million animals are killed in the process of animal testing, and the conditions for animals during testing are devastating. In our workshop, we will learn about the types and methods of animal research. We will also investigate solutions to the issue. We hope this workshop will raise awareness and hopefully stop the cruel conduct of animal testing from perpetuating in the future.

Chadwick International School: Be like Mario: Our True Nationality is Mankind. Though our world has entered a new age of diversity and acceptance, racism is still a major issue.  Some may consider racism as a past issue, but it's actually not. Racism has caused several conflicts in our world and it is our duty to raise awareness about the issue and do our best to find solutions for it. Our workshop aims to explore different ways racism could be handled with and how it can be eliminated in our community.

Singapore School Pantai Indah Kapuk: Leap with a Step. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. Each step is crucial to reaching a destination. How good would it be if one is wearing shoes at every step? For SISWa Peduli Bangsa, the SISPIK school charity arm, we help in ensuring that the basic right to education and health is addressed in the remote areas of Indonesia. Our projects involve basic literacy, provision of school facilities and infrastructure and promoting health and hygiene. Workshop includes fun games and activities related to our recent charity work - the shoe box!

Brent International School: Empowering Change through the SMART Goals for Sustainable Development. On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. Each goal has a specific target to be achieved over the next 15 years. All are focused towards countries focusing on their efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, while ensuring no one gets left behind. This workshop hosted by Brent International School Baguio will focus on the ways you can promote the Global Goals in your school, in addition to interactive games and challenges that can be promoted to target the various goals that are set out by the United Nations. 

The British School New Delhi: Too Toxic To Trash. Our workshop will focus on E (Electronic)-waste which is a problem that is rising as technology is advancing. A large amount of this waste goes untreated by governments and organizations worldwide and has become a global health hazard. Come and join us to raise awareness about the problem and find viable solutions to address it. We will be looking at how to dispose e-waste in a responsible and ethical manner, and learn the importance of prolonging the life of our old electronics.