United Nations Week

United Nations Week

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This year, from Monday, October 9th to Friday, October 13th, Brent International School Baguio celebrated the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for development. The weeks activities included special themed lunches each day of the week celebrating a specific nationality or region of the world. On Tuesday, we held an all school chapel and introduced the 17 Global Goals for sustainable development with the help of our Model United Nations club. Following this introduction, Brent Baguio welcomed special guest speakers Raphael Dionisio and Emma Salamat from Make A Difference (MAD) Travel Philippines. Their presentation was the perfect fit for challenging our Middle and Upper School students to become “change-makers” in our community, within their home country and throughout the world. On Thursday, students participated in an all school house event where they were challenged to keep their egg secure enough to remain in tact after a parachute drop. Having the students think about how this activity related to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development had some relating the egg as our Earth and the parachute as our necessity to find solutions to tackle the tough issues set out by the goals; such as reducing poverty, global inequalities and tackling climate change.

At last, on Friday, we hosted our infamous UN Day celebrations. Despite a heavy amount of rainfall, the event was a shining success from the introductory UN flag ceremonies to its closing compliments of NHS. The PTA led by Bedette Villanueva did not fail to uphold their reputation as incredible and generous contributors to the Food Fest, which some have said this year to be one of the best with the absence of fast food chain products (deemed unsustainable for our celebration this year). The food fest culminated in students, faculty and PTA guests heading to Griffiths Theatre for a special presentation from the Model United Nations Club. An entertaining and informative display of our students talents were showcased and the club provided an opportunity for all to address the issues being brought up by the Global Goals. The final event led the group back to the gym to participate in a series of activities and stations intended to further students interaction with this years theme. Many thanks go out to all who made this special week the huge success that it was!
Jeremy Power
Dept. Head of Social Sciences
IB History / Social Studies Teacher
MUN Coordinator & STUCO Advisor