Noah Lofthouse, a 5th grade student at ISBerne, researched electric cars for his end-of-year exhibition. In this video segment, he is interviewed by Ms. Deirdre Coghlan, Communication Coordinator at ISBerne.
A quick update on the ISBerne International Baccalaureate Programme
The IB Diploma Programme includes the development of a personal commitment to life-long global citizenship. At ISBerne, all students, IB and non-IB, are required to complete the Service element of CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) in order to receive a diploma. Rather than looking at global service as an abstract academic discussion, the CAS Programme at ISBerne provides actual field experience in working with local projects in remote locations. In my long experience with NGOs, I’ve found that there are 2 kinds of people working there: those who sit in offices and discuss socio-economic problems in the theoretical…and those who go out and work in the field with the heat and bugs. 🙂
In this segment, students recount the experience of working at a school in Morocco.
One of the things that I’ve often seen in my travels for NGOs in the developing world is children not being able to attend the local schools because the family can’t provide food for the child during the school day. Many people in the industrialized nations don’t realize that this is a major factor in the lack of education in impoverished communities. Mary’s Meals provides food on the school premises in areas where hunger prevents children from getting an education. As part of the IB tenet of global citizenship, ISBerne students and faculty are involved in a variety of global service projects. As someone who has seen poverty and the lack of access to basic education up close and on an international scale, I applaud the many efforts at ISBerne to better the human condition.
How can we fix global warming?
In Humanities this year in Grade 6 we are learning about the problem of global warming. Global Warming is a big problem on our Earth. It is effecting glaciers and the landscape. If global warming continues, parts of our Earth will be underwater and maps will have to be redrawn (Inconvenient Truth). Some people do not think of global warming as a problem, but it is. There are things that we can do to help limit global warming. Raising awareness is a first step, but there are many other things we can do. Please try to do some to help us limit global warming.
Here is what you can do:
- take shorter showers
- use the car as little as possible
- use the computer less
- fit a long lasting light bulb and save about 70kg of CO2 a year
- recycle more
- check tyres (make sure they are blown up well)
- turn things off – including lights
- use less hot water/less water. For example turn the water off when the brushing your teeth
- avoid products with lots of packaging
- plant a tree
- spread the word
If you you want to know more go to: http://environment.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment/global-warming
Students of Grade 6,
International School of Berne, Switzerland