In this modern world, intercultural knowledge and sharing are more important than ever. As international students, we are always happy to share what we know and what we can give to younger generations. In October 2022, three international students accepted the invitation from Fu-Cheng High School to come over for two sessions, meet with some of the students, show them our cultures, and talk to them about sustainable development goals.
At the first session, international students from National Sun Yat-sen University, Alejandra from Honduras, Honza from the Czech Republic, and Rebeka from Slovakia, met with the students of Fu-Cheng High School and introduced their customs, food, and places to visit in their home countries. Ice-breaking games were also part of the introduction—it not only helped us to get to know the students better, but also students got to know each other among themselves since they all didn’t come from the same class.
After the introduction session, students were divided into three groups where international students were in charge of each of them. We chose different topics to talk about—teaching the students songs from our country, saying some common phrases in our mother language, and the most important parts and the crucial component and subject of these two sessions, sustainable development goals introduced by the United Nations. In 20 minutes, we briefly introduced our topics, encouraged students to speak and actively participate in the conversation, and asked them to fill out the worksheet at the end of the session. As merit points for participation and appreciation for communicating with us, we gave the students stamps to collect, and in the end, the team who won the most stamps won a prize.
Even though the first session was an introduction to sustainable development goals already, the second session was purely about water consumption, water pollution, and talking about our potential to preserve and improve water quality across the world. This session had a practical part this time as well—after the introductory presentation about the environment and water consumption (SDG number 6), we, with the help of the teachers who were overseeing the smooth flow of the event, prepared the materials for the students so they could try to build their own water filter.
Thanks to its simple construction process and availability of the materials, it was very easy and educational at the same time to show the students the effect of water filters and the fact that they can actively contribute to environmental preservation. The students were very keen to learn how to make the filter, everyone tried their best to achieve a good result, and everyone (more or less) achieved the goal to filter out the dirt of the water.
The event was very successful—students were very handy and tried hard to achieve good results as well as to cooperate with us, and we believe that they were leaving the classroom with new knowledge that they will use very responsibly and very effectively both times on October 26th and November 2nd. We would therefore like to thank Fu-Cheng High School who organized this event and asked NSYSU to help, as well as the members who guided us through the event and helped us whenever we needed—林玟伶、林育妃、張瓊云、吳碧華、周梅如. Thank you for making this great event happen and we hope we can collaborate on more meaningful events like this in the future.