In January, 5 CSIA students visited Ritsumeikan School in Kyoto, Japan, to participate in the second annual Rits Super Global Forum. Along with 8 other schools from 7 different counties, our students delivered presentations in 5 areas, all aligned to the overall theme: 'The Construction of World Peace'. Following additional guest speakers from the United Nations and Ritsumeikan University, the forum of 80 students then worked together, taking in each other's cultural, social and political differences, to look at potential solutions to these global problems.
Gwyn L said "not only do I feel more educated about the world's problems and the people in it but I truly believe I've made some friends for life from across Asia."
The trip also developed important life skills for the students, with Phoebe H explaining "the trip has helped with my confidence so much and I'm thrilled that I got this opportunity to go."
Georgia D added "I have gained so much knowledge about what is preventing world peace, and how we can work together to solve these problems and find solutions that benefit everyone."
Miss Perry explained how the forum 'provided the students with a wealth of learning experiences. The opportunity to actively engage in an international discussion on such important topics is invaluable.'
For the duration of the trip, the students stayed with families of students from the school, giving them a true experience of Japanese life.
Beth P described the home stay as "one of the best experiences I have ever had. I truly felt like a member of the family as they welcomed me with open arms and took me to many different iconic places."
The students explored both Kyoto and Osaka, sampled local cuisine and visited some famous temples and shrines.
Mr Ashley added "CSIA and Ritsumeikan have been working together for over a decade and it was great to continue this relationship between the two schools, for cultural and educational benefit of our students. We look forward to welcoming their school back to Cornwall next term."
Bryher T summed up the trip by saying "I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to fly to Japan and learn about global opinions of the five chosen topics. The trip has broadened my knowledge and understanding of the world, and I would not have been able to do it without Camborne Science and International Academy."