Dew (D1) lends his inimitable style to his presentation at TEDx UWCEA last weekend
Quarter 2 is yet to slow down for our DP students. Events are taking place each weekend (when not canceled due to the rain!) and assignments, IAs and university applications are indeed piling up. The IB Diploma curriculum is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
The D2 are currently working on their TOK essay. Each student has picked their prompt, and this week, following their first individual meeting with their TOK teacher, the four TOK classes were given the opportunity to interact with each other to discuss their ideas. They also benefited from the ideas that came out of a teachers’ brainstorming session during a collaborative secondary meeting last week: teachers were put in their department and were asked to discuss and tackle each prompt.
In the meantime, the D1 are currently preparing group presentations on the TOK Optional themes, which will also give them a taste of the TOK exhibition, the first assessment in TOK.
Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend my first TEDx event to watch and listen to ten of our students (Dhanashree Birajdar, Heena Suleman, Juanita Muigai, Lilian Siegl and Zeynep Dila Avci from Arusha campus; Angel Keziah, Arsine Mkrtchyan, Emily Tacey, Mathieu Dacruz, and Nojus Adote from Moshi campus) confidently take the stage. As Ms Sarah mentioned in her M5 assembly this week, it takes a lot of courage to get up on stage. These students practiced for weeks prior to the event and each speaker was able to captivate their audience during the 10-15 min of their presentation.
Congratulations to Ze and the TEDx team for organising a very successful event!
Here are some comments from some of our TEDx speakers and TEDx team members.
What an incredible journey we experienced at TEDx UWCEA Youth on November 4th under the dynamic theme of “Building Bridges”! The atmosphere was nothing short of electric as a diverse group of speakers took the stage, each weaving a unique story and perspective. From thought-provoking insights to jaw-dropping experiences, the event was a vibrant celebration of the power of ideas to create connections and understanding. The theme echoed through every talk, performance, and interaction, reminding us that bridges aren’t just physical structures but profound symbols of collaboration and empathy. TEDx UWCEA Youth proved to be a melting pot of innovation, diversity, and shared dreams. As we reflect on this unforgettable day, let’s carry the spirit of building bridges forward, breaking down barriers and embracing the endless possibilities that lie ahead. Thank you to everyone who made this event a resounding success, and here’s to the bridges we continue to build together!
Ammar Anwarali D2
What an insightful event! Not only did I gain the satisfaction of sharing my experience and knowledge on intersectionality and the health care system, but I was also inspired by the confidence and motivational talks by the other speakers. We all helped each other along the way!
Heena Suleman D1
From being a fan of TED talks to doing one, it was definitely an experience. I loved every bit of the process encompassing from formulating my idea to presenting it. It was interesting dealing with a sensitive concept of ‘mental colonisation’ but I am glad that the audience took some learnings out of it. I am grateful for the opportunity.