“Boards ka saal hai (it’s the year of the boards)” is probably the most common line every 10th grader gets to hear right now. Nights get longer as we scramble to learn the dates of the World Wars and endlessly solve ‘find for x’ questions. As MYP students, we have another aspect to delve into; the global context. From Grade 6 onwards, every unit in every subject is accompanied by a global context that provides a “common language for
powerful contextual learning.”. This year, for the eAssessment, the global context is ‘Globalization and sustainability’. From the day of the topic release, our lessons have been imperialized by environmental jargon as we tried to delve into understanding
the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities, processes, and the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment. Although these classroom discussions gave us a fair understanding of the global context, I think it is safe to say that none of us had developed concrete knowledge or more importantly a personal connection towards the global context.
It was Charles Handy who said that the best learning happens in real life with real problems and real people and not in classrooms. The Grade 10 Global Context Retreat to Wayanad, Kabini, aimed to do just that; explore globalization and sustainability in a new environment through hands-on learning and discussions. During this trip, we took part in heated discussions, report analyses, and even multiple games, each relating to the global context in their unique way. Our final product from the trip was a 3D work of art that served as a creative, visual representation of the ‘WEF Global Risk Report 2020’.
One particular exercise from the trip that I feel shifted our outlook towards globalization and sustainability was a game in which the objective was to ‘make the most money’. By the end of the game, we realized that every one of the team was in losses, however, all of us were competing to see who ‘lost the least’. Looking at this at a larger scale, this is exactly what every nation is doing with the environment. We have come to a point where we are no longer trying to be the most sustainable but rather the least damaging. It is experiences such as this that the global context of globalization and sustainability was no longer just the theme for the exam, but rather a relevant exploration that came to life before our eyes.