This past weekend students and teachers met in The Hague, Netherlands for the 2016 Summer #EFSummit. Students from across the US spent Saturday and Sunday exploring human rights challenges while learning from world-renowned keynote speakers such as Ndaba Mandela and Arun Gandhi, grandsons of Gandhi and Mandela, and Journalists and Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Day 1 (Friday) Like any good celebration, the weekend kicked off with a welcome dinner where students and teachers gathered together to enjoy traditional foods and hear a quick overview of the events for the days ahead. It was then time to explore like a local in a city-wide scavenger hunt designed to help students get their bearings of The Hague.
Day 2 (Saturday) featured keynote presentations from Dr. Arun Gandhi and Ndaba Mandela to kick off the official start of the two day leadership conference. Then, it was down to business as students participated in innovation and human rights workshops to prepare and begin working on their design thinking projects – all with the goal of tackling some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. The inspiring and high-energy day wrapped up with group reflections and a live performance from Mr. Bright Omansa Richards, Artistic Director of New Dutch Connections.
Day 3 (Sunday) kept the passion high as participants learned up close and in person from 4 members of the African Leadership Academy. One of the members, Joseph Munyambanza began the morning by sharing his story of how he was forced to flee the Congo as a child. Munyambanza discussed how this experience ultimately inspired him to cofound his organization the CIYOTA, which is dedicated to helping refugees access education and develop leadership skills. After these moving life lessons, it was back to the drawing board as students attended leadership workshops and then put the finishing touches on their design thinking projects to showcase their efforts in the summit’s ceremonial Innovation Village. Wrapping up the weekend were final keynote speeches from New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheryl WuDunn.
These extraordinary events combine educational tours and a two–day leadership conference, tackling significant global issues in places where they come to life. You and your students learn from experts such as Arun Gandhi, Ndaba Mandela, Jane Goodall and Al Gore, and U.S. and local students work together to design and present their own solutions to the issue(s). Each Summit empowers your students today to start becoming the leaders of tomorrow.
Check out some of the social media highlights from the weekend below!
Students sitting down for the Summit welcome dinner!
Starting off the day hearing from Arun Gandhi and Ndaba Mandela- movers and shakers in the civil rights movement!
And the final day begins!
Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
It’s Innovation Village time!