ILS 10th graders Ksenia Didik, Anna Zabuga and Mikhail Tsimbalai were part of an international team of students from Australia, Russia, Vietnam, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Senegal, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Finland, Argentina and South Korea at the 20th International Environmental Forum at Morioko Chuo High School.
The forum's 2018 topic was "The ideal school of 2030", with the goal of creating an ideal school, using the sustainable development targets approved at the UN's 70th session in September of 2015.
"So far, the students have modeled the School of the Future, and their teachers have constructed a model for interdisciplinary study on the topic of "Forest destruction in Thailand," notes Svetlana Fedorchenko, who teaches English Language and is head of English subjects for grades 5-9 at ILS. "Teachers have been given the task of drawing upon various subjects to solve a specific problem."
During the week, 100 school students and teachers held discussions, exchanged ideas, and told each other about their countries and, of course, learned about Japanese culture.
"The final stage was quite symbolic, as new participants in the forum planted a friendship tree showing the development of cooperation among everyone involved in the forum," explains ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. "During the week, we all felt clearly what an interesting world it is we live in and how richly varied and multinational it is. But at the same time, we were reminded that we are united by concepts such as cooperation, friendship and sharing new ideas to make our world even better."