On April 7th, 2018, Rachel Kahng, a former Herald writer, and I had the honor of representing Seoul Foreign School as a delegate to the Korea International School Youth Leadership Summit, hosted by the ‘Global Ambassadors’ team at Korea International School Pangyo.
[SFS Delegation at the Korea International School Youth Leadership Summit,
Photo Courtesy of Mr. Paul Kim, Christian Ministries Leader at Seoul Foreign School]
The summit was themed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are global aims that the United Nations wants to achieve, covering a broad range of social and economic development issues. Some of the goals include climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, and peace and justice. All goals are interconnected and relevant to all nations.
The conference invited student leaders from four international schools in Korea. Each delegate was required to do prior research on a specific goal of the SDGs. With the acquired knowledge, delegates participated in panel discussions on how the sustainable development goals could be tackled in pragmatic ways in our local communities. Every panel member was well-knowledgeable on the relevancy of the goals, and it was commonly agreed that the goals were urgent and complex to tackle. Aside from discussing with other like-minded leaders about creative, but practical solutions to challenging global issues, we’ve engaged in meaningful discussions on empowering student leaders at our schools. I am personally very pleased at the sincere and meaningful conversations we engaged in, and I am excited to bring the insights I’ve gained back to our school.
[Panel Discussions, Photo Courtesy of Mr. Paul Kim, Christian Ministries Leader at Seoul Foreign School]
[Presenting the Proposal, Photo Courtesy of Mr. Paul Kim, Christian Ministries Leader at Seoul Foreign School]
Using the panel discussions as a basis, representatives from each school had to present a possible solution that we could initiate in our school communities. We were encouraged to stray away from the well-known, generic approaches to the issue of sustainable development. Hence, we proposed a one-year action plan that our school could take, which included encouraging more consumption of bean-based products. The logic behind the proposal is that animal waste and byproducts contribute to the atmospheric pollution, and reducing the consumption of meat would inevitably result in changes in our earth’s pollution.
Overall, the summit was a great opportunity for me to grow as a leader and be an advocate for implementing practical solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Now, it is our duty to execute such proposals and make small, but well-informed changes to our communities.
Seoul Foreign School
Jason Whang firstname.lastname@example.org
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