GIN

Mission: to empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues.
— GIN mission statement

The Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference is a gathering of young change makers. It is a student-led conference which brings together global citizens who are addressing serious local-global issues with empathetic and sustainable solutions. Students in middle and high school from more than 100 nations on 5 continents have presented their GIN projects at both local and regional Global Issues Network Conferences hosted by schools around the world. The network is powered by schools and universities around the world. The network is mostly based on Jean-François Rischard’s book, High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them.

South and Central America embraced the Global Issues Network regional GIN conference in 2011, establishing a yearly moving regional conference tradition. Middle and High School teams from ISPS have participated annually in the GIN conferences in South and Central America since 2015.

Mission Statement: to empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues.

Medellin, Colombia 2015

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the ISPS Environmental Club made it their mission to reduce the amount of plastic in our school community. At the conference held in Colombia, we took our project and presented it to students who attended. Others came with their own ideas from all over the world. We were able to interact with them, be inspired and get positive feedback. Some teach-ers and students even took notes on ideas that we came up with to take back home with them. The conference was over a period of 4 days, during which we attended other students’ conferences and sat in on lectures by people who were promoting social or environmental issues. We also got to bond with strangers through activities and school tours.

Panama City, Panama 2016

The High School Reach Out Community Service Club took our project to Panama in 2016. We were able to share with the network the important work that we have done and continue to do at the Petit Valley Community Centre, tutoring local Primary School kids from disadvantaged back-grounds. It was an amazing experience to visit the country, to learn about the projects of other students and to meet new people and make friends.

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2018

Four teams from ISPS Middle and High Schools are preparing to participate in the Global Issues Network (GIN) conference in Costa Rica at the Pan American School, San Jose next week. They will be presenting their Community Service projects to other students in the American region and learning about a world of sustainable projects designed and carried out by their peers.