To mark the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum 50 delegates took time out of their busy schedules to talk to the young people of Davos.
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Davos Platz Primary School
The primary school event took place on the 21st January and built on last year’s highly successful pilot – details here. The guests were welcomed by a wonderful musical performance by the children and then International Leader and Children’s author Dr Mara Harvey gave an inspirational speech to a packed assembly hall. She explained what the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were and had produced a rhyme for the children to help them remember the SDGs.
The difference volunteers from the world of work can make to children’s aspirations was highlighted in a report Education and Employers published during the 2018 World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/kids-draw-their-future-jobs-careers. The report showed that gender stereotyping starts at a young age and is a global issue. Children often base their aspirations on the jobs their parents and friends do and TV and social media. It is vital children don’t rule out options because they believe, implicitly or explicitly, that their future career choices are limited by their gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background. More info here
Davos Platz Secondary School
The secondary school event took place immediately after the launch of the OECD’s Dream Jobs? report – details here . It was kindly supported by the World Economic Forum and was a part of their affiliate programme.
The WEF delegates then visited classrooms and discussed with students the letters they had written, shared their insights and experience in areas including science, environment, technology and equality and answered questions such as:
Martin Flütsch Head teacher of the Davos Schools said“The visit was the highlight of our school year. There is no doubt that it will change the future of some of our students’ lives. It is true that “You can’t be what you can’t see” and the WEF delegates helped broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations and challenged ingrained gender stereotypes. They helped them get excited about the subjects they are studying and motivated them to study hard and try their best to achieve their potential – a very big thanks from me, my fellow heads and teachers, our students and the Davos community”.
Both events were organised by founder of the swiss charity MOD-ELLE Andrea Delannoy in partnership with Education and Employers and with the wonderful support from the staff at the school – Martin Flütsch, Marco Schneider and Michael Illi and Rahel Bättig.
Research shows that volunteers from the world of work going into schools helps to:
- Broaden young peoples’ horizons and raise their aspirations
- Excite children about subjects, increasing motivation, confidence and attitude to learning
- Challenge gender and social stereotypes
- Improve academic attainment
- Increase young people’s earning potential
- Reduce the likelihood of young people becoming Not in Education, Employment or Training