School Workshop Guidelines

School workshops will be held on Sunday, March 4. See below the amazing array of workshop options that active teams are bringing to the conference!

Participants will choose one school workshop to attend during both sessions. Schools will limit their workshops to 20 students, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Session 1 from 12:45-1:15

1. The Environment and Animal Rights, Shanghai American School, Location: LS1

If you are interested in changing the world to make it a better place, join this workshop. We will focus on animal rights and climate change. There will also be a fun activity to gain awareness of our surroundings.

2. Pressure in School, Shanghai American School, Location: LS2

Peer pressure, grades, family pressure, self-confidence; these are all examples of pressure experienced by local Shanghai students. Long term pressure can lead to serious consequences such as burn out or worse. In this session, we will show a video we made about students' stress level and pressure in Shanghai schools. We will also share tips about releasing stress.

3. Education of Migrant Children through the Provision of Pop-up Libraries, Shanghai American School, Location: LS3

Food, shelter, and water provide us with a secure present, yet the only thing that secures us in the future is education. Moreover, the life-long pursuit of education, which can lead to greater fulfillment, starts at a young age. Join us to learn about the inspiration and love for education at an early age.

4. Blood Ivory: The Ivory Trade, Beijing City International School, Location: LS4

Elephants will soon join the list of extinct animals, alongside mammoths, dodo birds, and black rhinos, ceasing to exist. The next generation will only see elephants in history books. How can you do your part to reverse the almost inevitable? Through activities and presentations, we will investigate into the bloody poaching of elephants, illegal trade of ivory, and the suffrage of a species. Leaving this workshop with new-found knowledge and abilities to take a stand against this violation of freedom.

5. Art for the Heart, South Saigon International School, Location: LS5

The SSIS MS GIN group wanted to address issues related to education in Vietnam. We combined forces with the MS Art for the Heart after school activity club and partnered with a local organization called Orphan Impact. Orphan Impact provides computer training to children in orphanages in order to teach digital literacy and critical thinking skills. But they are lacking Arts education! So the SSIS Art Club is creating video tutorials for art projects and we helped raise money for art supplies. Want to come try one of our video tutorials and be inspired by art? Come to our presentation to learn more!

6. Trash to Treasure, Hong Kong International School, Location: LS6

Join us to learn how to transform recyclables into fun and practical items. In this workshop, participants will choose between 1 of 3 student-led workshops using glass, cardboard and corks. Participants will create macrame plant holders, basketball door hangers and cork toys. If you are looking for a creative, hands-on activity, this is for you!

7. Conserving Nature, Protecting Future, Penabur Secondary Kelapa Gading, Location: Library

What’s happening in our environment today? What’s nature conversation? What is our role in it? Learn about our campaigns, and have a chance to plan your own!

8. Bee Decline, Bali Island School, Location: Music Room

We are a group of students involved in a global issue of the bee decline. We are involved with an organisation called Save the Bees Bali. In

Hatten Wines, Pemuteran Bali, we conserve bees by growing hives that we get and transfer from the money we earn from our sponsors. In our

workshop, I will hold a presentation about bees and their importance in our everyday lives and how you guys can get involved. We will show

infographics, important videos, and statistics! We will host quizzes and fun activities with prizes relating to bees as well.

Session 2 from 1:30-2:00

1. The Banner Project, Shanghai American School, Location: LS1

We design and 'up cycle' a variety of useful items from discarded school banners. Join us to learn more about the process and be a part of this inspirational project!

2. Bullying in Middle School, Shanghai American School, Location: LS2

Some students can't wait for class to end, so they can run to the cafeteria with friends or go to the playground. But what people don't notice are the students that dread the time outside of class. They're scared that people will make remarks about how they dress, what they look like, how they talk, and much more. In this session, you will learn to feel empathy for those students and learn how to make them more confident to be who they are.

3. The Untold Truth: Female Education, Beijing City International School, Location: LS3

“Pretty girls don’t need a lot of education to marry into a rich and powerful family.” “…they are worth less and less, so by the time they get their M.A. or Ph.D., they are already old like yellowed pearls”. Do you feel frustrated when reading this? Angry even? We are the nuTcraCKers cracking the problematic nut that is the lack of female education in China. Learn about the truth behind this issue and how you can help. Let’s unite to give females the education they deserve.

4. Solar Power for <100 RMB, Beijing City International School, Location: LS4

Do you want to charge your device while saving our planet? Meet WALTS Energy! It has a very simple job, collect the power from the sun and deliver it to your device. In this workshop, you will learn to build your own solar panel.

5. Is This Really Helping?: Needs Analysis, International Community School Bangkok, Location: LS5

How do you know that what you are doing is really helping? The ICS middle school team took some important steps of analyzing needs in a local community before we took action. In our workshop, we will take you along our process and how we identified and met some of the needs for young children of construction workers in Bangkok, Thailand.

6. Disease Prevention, International School Manila, Location: LS6

HIV infection is a growing epidemic among young adults in the Philippines, yet there is very little awareness against the conservative and religious backdrop. We will share our two-year journey of navigating through the challenges to train educators who work directly with those who are most at risk. You will be able to transfer what we learned to your host country’s specific location.

7. To Be(e) or Not to Be(e) - Save the Bees!, International School of the Sacred Heart, Location: Music Room

Every third bite of food we take is thanks to a bee or another pollinator. We don’t just need bees to produce honey. They are essential for the success of many agricultural crops, with 3/4 of food crops being dependent to some extent on pollination. However, bee populations have drastically declined in recent years. Unless steps are taken to reverse this decline, agriculture and global nutrition are at risk. At our presentation, we will show you what our GIN club did to raise awareness of this issue, including an interactive game.

8. Sustainable Service Project Management, Chinese International School Manila, Location: Library

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.

Suggestions for hosting a School Workshop in the GIN Conference:

  • Have an organized plan of what you will be talking about/doing
  • Make sure you know all the key facts of your issue
  • Include short skits/plays, songs, and other engaging aspects of presentations
  • Interact with the audience (ask the audience questions about what you're talking about)
  • Make the presentation fun to keep the audience engaged
  • Project and speak with a clear voice (and not too fast!)
  • Have fun!