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 that brings together young global citizens who are addressing serious local-global issues with empathetic and sustainable solutions. The network is mostly based on Jean-François Rischard’s book, High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them.
Middle and High School students 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. 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 2016.
In order to qualify to attend the conference each team must create and implement a sustainable project to address one of the 20 global issues in their community over a period of months. At the conference, each team will present a workshop and short film on their project to other students and teachers. In addition, students will attend other teams’ presentations, listen to keynote speeches by global change makers and network with their peers from across the Americas.
The High School GIN team in 2019 started a Community Service Club “G.I.V.E. - Get Involved Value Everyone” to promote and encourage a culture of community service amongst students in the High School. The club has carried out and will continue to carry out fundraising and volunteering for caring organizations such as Living Waters and The homeless kitchen. In the Middle School, students created a project to reduce the use of plastic straws in the ISPS community and the wider community of Trinidad and Tobago by educating customers and businesses to replace plastic with more environmentally-friendly options.
Four teams from ISPS Middle and High Schools participated in the Global Issues Network (GIN) conference in Costa Rica at the Pan American School, San Jose. The themes of the projects were: Educating against gender violence, Equal education for all, Combating deforestation, and Eliminating harmful household chemicals.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the ISPS Environmental Club made it their mission to reduce the amount of plastic in our school by eliminating bottled water from the cafeteria and lobbying the administration to install water dispensers throughout the school. They raised awareness on the effects of plastic pollution on marine environments and encouraged the use of reusable water bottles in the school community.