“We are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one.”- Martin Luther King
The Cambridge learners of Suchitra Academy International School kick started the New Year by celebrating COGNITO – Interschool GP Challenge on the 5th of January, 2022 with great enthusiasm and zeal. The event aimed at providing a platform for the learners of CAIE Stages 5 and 6 to present their Global Perspective challenge, taken up as a team project. Several renowned schools across Telangana and Vijayawada participated in the event. The process was very simple and smooth. Learners worked as a team to identify a challenge, related to one of the programme topics that they would like to improve, change or resolve. They explored personal, local and global perspectives of this challenge. The team then conducted research on their challenge which was used to set a goal to improve, change or resolve the challenge. Then they agreed on a course of action to be taken to achieve this goal. This course of action was communicated in the Evidence of Action. Once the team had implemented the course of action, the learners in each team worked collaboratively to complete a Team Report. The team also came up with Personal Reflection. The TEAM REPORT, EVIDENCE OF ACTION and PERSONAL REFLECTION was evaluated by the Judges and marked according to the criteria and rubrics specified by the CAIE. We got to witness some brilliant presentations by the young learners. It was definitely a program worth watching.
The occasion was graced by the two eminent and inspiring judges Ms Ruchira Ghosh, Principal, Sancta Maria International School, Hyderabad and Ms. Geetha Jayanth, a renowned educator. Ms. Ruchira has over 20 years of experience in the school education sector in diverse areas including School Leadership, International Education Management, Business Development, Marketing and Communications and Project Management. She also headed the South Asia region of the Cambridge Assessment International Education as the Regional Director, where she was responsible for the growth of Cambridge International schools and the board’s programmes and qualifications in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Ms Geetha Jayanth is a seasoned educator with over 20 years of experience in School Leadership, Career Counselling and teaching in a repertoire of various curricula – IBDP, IGCSE, A Levels and ICSE. As a two-time invitee to Cambridge University, she worked with distinguished international educators to contribute to the framing of IGCSE and A levels Global Perspectives curriculum. She has also been invited to premier universities to contribute to meaningful discussions regarding different higher education models. She has been a part of International forums such as the IB Asia Pacific conference in Singapore, Cambridge International Global Perspectives seminars, British Council- Education Futures Conference, TAISI to name a few. She was also awarded the Molly Abraham Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution in the field of education and college counselling at the International Career & College Counselling Conference.
The event scheduled on 5th January, 2022, witnessed 13 team presentations representing 8 schools on varied challenges like Powering Lives; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Equal Rights; Pet Policies; Values and Beliefs to name a few.
It was an enlightening and enriching experience for the learners who attended the programme as they were able to witness a plethora of ideas and meaningful reflections.