GIN852 conference a big success

Posted by Peter MUIR



Over 50 students representing eight schools participated in the GIN852 conference recently. Organised by a group of Discovery College students, the event aimed at providing students with a direct insight into global issues in a Hong Kong context.

GIN, or the Global Issues Network, is a network of students who are passionate to tackle global issues in their communities. The Hong Kong branch of this network, named 852 after the country calling code, hosts a conference annually. This year’s conference theme, BeGIN, provided a number of meanings. Firstly to ‘begin locally, act globally’, reminding us to think about local involvement before looking further abroad. BeGIN also reminds us to embodying the concept of GIN, that is, to consistently be a global citizen.

Part listening, part contributing, the conference saw participating students be involved in a variety of activities to develop their understanding of local issues, and contribute to plans for taking action on these issues.

The conference welcomed six different guest speakers, each of whom delivered an insightful message giving students helpful tips and ideas on how to make a difference. Ranging from a variety of backgrounds their advice still shared a common message – that every action, no matter how small helps, and to start small, start local, and do it with enthusiasm!

Saturday morning saw participants venture out into different locations in Hong kong working with five different community partners – Sunshine Action, Society for Community Organization(SoCO), Green Glass Green, the Home of Love, and Soap Cycling. Each experience provided a different lens to life in Hong Kong, and the significant problems faced by different members of our community. These issues were then investigated further in workshops, each of which allowed students to collaborate on ideas for action.

Congratulations to the following members of the organising committee for their work: Trillian Cheung, Judith Wong, Anoushka Shahi, Christina Chan, and Khusi Rana of year 11, and Letícia Macedo Magalhaes Ayres and Lucy Fillip of Year 12. Discovery College now looks forward to being involved in future GIN852 conferences.