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UN Youth Leaders Engage High School Students in Korea for Achieving the SDGs Together through IVECA-Global Youth Virtual Roundtable

On July 13, Youth leaders working at the UN or NGOs associated with the UN met virtually with Jeonmin high school students in Daejeon, Korea and discussed what roles youth can play to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The inspiring dialogue between global youth leaders and Korean students took place through IVECA’s Global Youth Virtual Roundtable.

The goal of the Virtual Roundtable was to facilitate understanding of the SDGs and promote youth involvement in achieving gl📷obal agenda to make a better world. Four distinguished youth panelists presented about the SDGs and shared their passion and groundwork to contribute to the goal achievement. Jeonmin High School students also introduced the IVECA global project they worked collaboratively with their partner country students over three years.

Following the Kyeongju Action Plan from the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference on Education for Global Citizenshipheld in Korea this May, IVECA initiated the Virtual Roundtable with the youth in New York and Korea. The initiative successfully demonstrated potential to inspire youth from different countries to get involved in actions for the SDGs. Both youth leaders and Korean high school students commented on their experiences as below:

“Before this Roundtable, I thought we are only high school students and there would not be much for us to actually do for the world. After going through this conversation, I realized we have a responsibility as youth in making impact for the better world and there are many things we can do with our capacity!” – A Jeonmin high school student

“It was definitely a life changing experience. I went into the room being scared, however, I left feeling confident that my peers felt similar frustrations [about the global issues] and wanted to play a role in combating the issues that threaten society today. During the chat, I felt comfortable enough to release my passion, which I felt that my fellow peers did as well. I definitely think that this initiative should be continued by IVECA.” – Youth leader S.

“Thank you very much for giving the opportunity to partake in the virtual classroom event. It was a wonderful experience. I hope we are able to do it again. It was inspirational!” – Youth leader A.

“How effective IVECA Virtual Roundtable was able to bridge the distance in connecting to students half away around the world! My one other suggestion would be: “Let’s do it again!”  – Youth leader J.

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Students from Neijiang Tian Li International School in China and Melbourne School in Australia had a lot of fun during their first virtual hang out. The objective of this live session was to promote socialization among the partners and learn about each other’s country and culture. The exchange happened in both English and Chinese.

Teachers and students are now getting ready for the IVECA Live Class which is scheduled for July 12th. The participants will share their research and perspectives on the impacts of both China and Western Culture in their economy. IVECA is proud to help develop intercultural competency in both classrooms.

Exchange, citizenship and enthusiasm: these were the mark of the eagerly awaited “IVECA Live Class” that took place on July 12th between middle schools in Melbourne, Australia and Sichuan, China.

Partnered teachers from both nations facilitated the collaborative study between their middle school students. The topic of the live session was “Global Restaurants”. Each school researched and shared facts about their country’s traditional cuisine, table manners and restaurant service.

The objective of the activity was for students to develop a comparative lens that will allow them to design an authentic restaurant from their partner culture within their own countries. Additionally, the bilingual environment, allowing students to collaborate with native speakers, increased students’ motivation to continue studying the target language as well as learning about the partner country.

IVECA strives to promote the intercultural competence of young students to effectively communicate and collaborate with people from different cultures and countries.

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