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The Young Global Citizens Summit 2012 was held at Bhubaneswar, Orissa from 26th January to 29th January, 2012. Calibre Academy had identified Ms Padma Ravishnakar the Librarian as the teacher trainee and Master Harsaa of Class VIII along with Master Aakash and Miss Varshinee of Class IX as student trainees to attend the summit. British council in association with the city based Sai International School organized this first nationwide workshop for the benefit of school students. Around 115 schools participated in the mega event. Each school was represented by 3 students belonging to the classes of VIII to XII and a teacher
The aim of the workshop was to hone the soft skills of the students so as to make them global citizens. The trainees on going back to the school will form the Young Global Citizens Club to promote internationalism by getting connected with global partners. The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Odhisa Shri. Naveen Patnaik. There were in all 12 modules to be attended and the Participants had the choice of selecting the modules that would suit to their taste. All the participants were provided with a kit consisting of 2 Global Citizens T shirt, a bag, a cap, a note book, identity card, Global citizen passport and a ‘I am a Global citizen’ badge.
Apart from the deliberations in the sessions they also got exposed to the cultural aspects of Orissa by witnessing the Gotipua Dance danced by boys trained for the purpose, Navarasa depicted by the Odyssey dancers. They were also privileged to visit the sand sculpting session at the Puri Beach and the famous Konark Sun Temple. The participants were also fortunate enough to enjoy and relax themselves amidst the tight schedule of the modules held within a span of 3 days by participating in the campfire followed by a banquet dinner.
They also had an opportunity to listen to the valuable thought provoking lecture delivered by Mr Subroto Bagchi vice chairman of Mind Tree followed by an interactive session. Bagchi spends one-on-one time with the Top-100 leaders at Mind Tree on their “personal-professional” issues to expand leadership capacity and build readiness for taking Mind Tree into the billion-dollar league. It was appropriate for him to lecture to the students on who a professional is and what are the qualities that make a professional. The Chief Secretary of the Orissa govt. addressed the gathering on one evening and gifted hampers with brochures and CDs highlighting the cultural aspect of Orissa. The closing ceremony was presided by the Governor of Orissa.
The modules aimed at imparting knowledge emphasing on the factor that learning is fun. The sessions were planned with various games and hands on activities. Students were given ample scope to shed their inhibition and come out with their ideas by emphasizing on Group discussions and presentations in group.
The team of calibre covered the following modules. Tony Blair Faith foundation ,100 Words, BBC World Class Assemblies, Youth Leadership, SAP 3,SAP 2, Royal Shakespeare company, Forum Theatre, Big Dance, Youth Music Voice and Fine Arts. The sessions were headed by trained professionals who were part of the British Council and other partner organizations like TBFF and Royal Shakespeare company. The students look forward to share with their fellow students the knowledge gained at the summit and thereby promote Global citizenship by forming the club which would be taking up various activities. The summit was a good exposure to the students and they expressed saying that they enjoyed a lot and have learnt the nuances of the traits of Global citizens. They will be, before the end of November 2012 spreading the idea of Global Citizenship by taking up various activities and submit the club journal to British council. The participants were awarded with certificates.
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