“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
In the world of immediate access to knowledge and explosive growth in technology, we have allowed emotional health and well-being to stagnate. We love having food on our plate every day, but we never stop to think how much hard work, energy and global resources have gone into it while we proceed to throw away half of that food at the end of our lunch. In order to start thinking about the solutions to the grand challenges of the 21st century, we need to adopt a global perspective. Start thinking of the bigger picture!
Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives is a groundbreaking course that stimulates students to think about these grand challenges and come up with solutions. The course stretches across traditional subject boundaries and taps into the way learners of today enjoy learning, including team work, presentations, projects, and working with other learners around the world. The emphasis of the course is on developing the ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there are always more than one point of view.
This term, Ms Tan’s Grade 10 students have been working on a food wastage project in which they investigated why food is wasted, why it is such a problem and what can be done to prevent it from happening. They decided to investigate if and how food is wasted at school through a series of interviews and surveys aimed at the SSIS community. This in-depth project uncovered some startling facts and makes for very interesting reading.
They started by asking their fellow students, teachers, staff and family about how much food they waste daily. They also conducted interviews with 4 lunch ladies at the school canteen who deal with food waste on a daily basis and took photos of students wasting food at the cafeteria which was then included in the PowerPoint presentation and movie. They presented their findings during the school assembly in an effort to raise the awareness of this issue, which is not only our school issue but a global issue too.
The fact that we waste food on a daily basis may not come as a surprise but the fact that we think of wasting food as not a big deal surely is.
We all have much to learn from this outstanding project that was conducted and put together by Surya Mudaliar, Byoung Chan, Lam Pui Lee Billie and Gabriel Tan from Grade 10.
Below is the video project made by the group. You may also read the fascinating report in full by clicking “Read more” below or “阅读原文”.