Empowering Diversity at the 2014 IB Student World Conference
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients who recently attended the 2014 International Baccalaureate Student World Conference held at the University of Queensland during the winter vacation. This was the first time the IB Student World Conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and represented a unique opportunity for IB students to engage in a Conference focused on international-mindedness with the aim of building students’ understanding of Empowering Diversity and making a positive impact in communities.
During the Conference, students took part in plenary sessions, heard from high profile thought leaders, worked in teams to build their understanding of the many benefits and challenges related to the Conference theme. The program also included opportunities for students to enhance their leadership and communication skills, make life-long friendships and develop an appreciation of different cultures from around the world.
Queensland Academies’ students were a 30 strong representation among the 140 delegates at the Conference and resided on the University Campus for the duration of the Conference at Kings College.
Scholarship recipents were L-R above: Bianca Byfield – Year 10, Jack Elliott – Year 10, Kiara Pascoe – Year 10, Amy Zhou – Year 10, Gabrielle Chatwood – Year 12, Hannah Rogers-Amies – Year 10.
Year 10 student, Amy Zhou, shares some insights on the delegation’s experiences at the Conference.
On 6-12 July, 136 IB students from 17 different countries came together at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus for the 2014 IB Student World Conference. The theme of the conference was Empowering Diversity. The program was jam-packed with various keynote speakers such as Karni Liddell, a Paralympic athlete, and Bobby Whitfield, a Liberian refugee, as well as social events, such as the Amazing Race, bush dance, world sports, wildlife exhibition, and also excursions to Southbank Gallery of Modern Art and Mount Cootha.
The major event of the conference was the Global Action Team (GAT), where an international group of 15-20 students come together to create a global campaign. Examples of GAT projects include the ANH foundation and Youniquism, both of which can be found on Facebook. Youniquism is a social awareness movement that aims to promote open-mindedness and empower diversity on a global scale, by asking seemingly “ordinary” people to say something that makes them unique. The end goal is to teach people around the world to accept themselves, and that diversity is a good thing.
On the whole, the IB World Student Conference was a great opportunity not only to form new internationally-based friendships, but also to raise awareness about how diverse our world is. “Diversity is no longer an option, but a reality”.
Year 10 student delegate
Pictured with QAHS scholarship recipients is Rebecca Jiang Year 10, who also attended the conference.