The GCP Team brings in a variety of guest speakers to speak to a full range of grade levels. These guest speakers augment curricular connections, provide positive mentors to students, as well as unique expert insight in a range of topic areas.
Wellness Week-Mindfulness Peru
Ms. Brisa Deneumostier, from Mindfulness Peru, led high school students in activities to encourage mindfullness and mental health.
More Guest Speakers at FDR
Dr. Jane Goodall
To a packed audience of Gr. 5-6, and 11 students Jane spoke with enthusiasm, passion and intelligence about her life and her work. She made a lasting impression and is the gracious, determined individual she represents herself to be.
Enrique Ortiz from the Amazon Aid Foundation and one of the stars of the Award-Winning Documentary, "Amazon Gold" about illegal gold mining in the Amazon Rainforest Skyped in for a question and answer period following our screening of the film in November 2013. Our audience consisted of a diverse representation of community members including parents, teachers, students and visitors from other nearby schools. Enrique is a trained conservation biologist with extensive field experience and knowledge of the complexities of the illegal gold mining issue. Providing the opportunity for students to ask questions and immediately receive answers is important when issues of this magnitude are explored. The exercise is to build not only awareness of issues but ability and a sense of empowerment in being able to act upon these issues.
For UN World Water Day in March 2013 Aqua Fondo a local Water Conservation Group was invited into school to address all Gr. 6-11 students about the issue of water access and water quality within Lima. Lima is the 2nd largest desert city in the world. In comparison to Cairo however it has significantly less water supply. The dynamic presentation was built in cooperation between the agency and myself to ensure it's appropriateness for our demographic of students. The full presentation may be accessed via this link.
Kate Jacobson from 350.org was Skyped in for the Green Apple Day of Service Event outlined above for a question and answer period with the curious young minds from school about what climate change is and what they can do as empowered youth about it. This type of dialog driven by children towards increased understanding of essential issues is the backbone of the Global Citizenship Program at FDR.
International Energy Agency
Maria van der Hoeven Director of the International Energy Agency visited FDR while in Lima for COP 20 UN Climate Talks and spoke to Gr. 11-12 IB Economics and Environmental Systems and Societies students about the need to diversify from fossil fuels into renewable energy for a more sustainable energy future.
Following our 1st screening of the powerful film, "Girl Rising" about increasing access to education for young girls globally we invited in special guests from the group CARE Peru. CARE is a global organization and CARE Peru has had significant expertise in tackling the issue of increasing the equity in access to education within the country. Specifically CARE Peru had also worked with Senna, the young woman in the film from the Peruvian Andes. Our students were moved by the stories told and the results from this event include the formation of a "Girl Rising" group at school that works with a local orphanage for young girls.
In May 2014 a Google Hangout was conducted with some of the lead researchers exploring the science behind the issue of illegal gold mining in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Luis Fernandez from Stanford, Miles Silman from Wake Forest University, Michelle Klosterman from the University of Missouri and Sarah Dupont the "Amazon Gold" Documentary Film producer spoke with Gr. 11 students in a recorded Q and A about the social, economic, and environmental intricacies of the issue as well as about the challenges of conducting field research. This session was programmed to take place one week in advance of when the students would travel to the Madre de Dios region for the annual 6 day, 5 night Jungle trip I conduct with them for their IB DP Environmental Systems and Societies Course.
Joseph Robertson - Citizen's Climate Lobby
Joseph Robertson Director of Global Strategy for the Citizen's climate Lobby visited FDR while in Lima for COP 20 UN Climate Talks and spoke to Gr. 11-12 IB Economics and Environmental Systems and Societies students about the need to put a price on carbon that reflected the externalities associated with the resource and to help promote a shift to renewable energy for a more sustainable energy future.
In March 2014 an Alternative Energy Engineer from UTEC University was invited to campus to speak to Gr. 2-3 and 11 students about the connections between energy and water for UN World Energy and Water day. UTEC University is a new university in Peru that gained international notoriety from its innovative advertising campaign by designing a billboard capable of filtering air from water. Having this type of event that extends students thinking to realize the potential next steps in education and career paths that exist at the local level are important community building events. A video clip summarizing the innovation behind the UTEC campaign may be accessed via this link.
In September, 2013 our Gr. 3-4 and 11 students were treated to a conversation with a Climate Reality Trained guest speaker LIVE. This was important preparation for our community in raising awareness in advance of Lima, Peru hosting the UN Climate Talks COP 20 in December 2014 as well as the school hosting it's own International Student Leadership conference CLima from Nov 21-23, 2014.