We will talk about Nature and Us at the UNDESD Student Summer Institute held in Zengcheng, Guangzhou, under the theme of Ecological Civilisation and Sustainable Development. The programme is organised by UNESCO-HK together with Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development and Utahloy International School Zengcheng.
This first ESD Summer Institute welcomed over 50 participants, 30 students with 5 teachers from Hong Kong, and 14 international students with 3 teachers at Utahloy International School in Zengcheng. Participants included Hong Kong local, ESF and international schools and overseas students including from Berkhamsted School UK, Malvern College UK, Ching Chung Hau Po Woon Secondary School HK, Cognitio College (Kowloon) HK, Elegantia College HK, South Island School HK, Victoria Shanghai Academy HK, Stevenson School US and Utahloy International School Zengcheng.
Zengcheng is a city in Guangdong Province, China which is under the administration of nearby Guangzhou.
This was a great learning experience for local and international students. They engaged in academic exercises and outings to sites related to the theme of the Summer Institute, “Ecological Civilization”. Students gave presentations on topics of “the Resource Curse” and “Endangered Species” and were formally judged by teachers from Hong Kong and Zengcheng on their presentations.
Day 1 kicked off with a leisurely hike in the morning and a boat cruise on a local lake in the afternoon. On the second day, we participated in an educational tour of local sewage facilities in the morning and an organic farm in the afternoon. Day 2 closed with a Talent Show and Cultural Night open to all staff and boarders of Utahloy and was a great success. Students of all grades enjoyed the 1.5 hour show arranged by fellow students, and for a birthday girl from Hong Kong we celebrated with a verse of Happy Birthday! We concluded the 5-day trip with a closing ceremony where the school principal commented on the presentations and overall performance of all students, and awarded student groups for their participation and enthusiasm throughout the trip.