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Weeklong Summit Culminates with Cultural Day Including Israeli Exchange Students
Providence Day School is hosting its second Global Summit with high school students from Nigeria and Denmark this week.
Five students from Halifield Schools in Lagos, Nigeria and six from Tietgen in Odense, Denmark are participating with six Providence Day Global Studies Diploma (GSD) students on campus for the March 5-10 summit sponsored by the Providence Day Global Education office.
The summit culminates with a special cultural day of food and games on Saturday, March 11, which will include a group of Israeli exchange students from Hadera (a Charlotte sister city) who are visiting campus March 8-16. More than 100 students are expected to participate in the event featuring BBQ and cultural games taking place 12:30 to 4 p.m. outside the Dining Hall annex.
The summit consists of design thinking sessions — utilizing creative strategies to consider issues and resolve problems facilitated by members of Providence Day’s Center for the Art and Science of Teaching, Learning and Entrepreneurship — focusing on the themes of student leadership and democracy, two of the six pillars of Round Square International, a worldwide network of schools in 40 countries across five continents that share a holistic approach to learning.
PDS hosted its first summit during Global Week in April 2015, during which students from Nigeria and Denmark participated in a week of design thinking sessions to create visions and plans to improve environmental practices on each of the students’ campuses.
During this year’s summit, the Nigerians and Danes also will give presentations on their countries and cultures to Lower School classes as well as visit local attractions.
PDS was the first school in the nation to create the Global Studies Diploma for Upper School students. The GSD's purpose is to develop within the students an ability to appreciate and value differences locally and globally and to develop the understanding, skills and character dispositions to become active global citizens.
Students completing the additional curriculum requirements receive a separate GSD along with their regular diploma at Commencement.
Learn more about Global Education at PDS.