WISS Today Article

Sometimes the power of a hashtag can cross borders and mobilize thousands of people. #MyFreedomDay an initiative supported by CNN is a cause that unites people from all over the world. It’s a day-long student-driven event to raise awareness of modern slavery. This year, WISS participated in this cause joining hands with other students across the globe to fight against modern slavery.

Throughout their years as WISS students, they acquire the attributes that define a true IB Learner. Many of these attributes focus on learning to respect other people and the world around them.

As an IB World School, WISS highlights the importance of teaching our students to positively impact our community and understand the world around them and their place in it. Educating our students on global issues and encouraging them to take action is one of the approaches to learning that defines a WISS Education. Students acquire the skills to shape their identity as global citizens through the IB programs offered, developing into future leaders who work to achieve a better, more sustainable, and equal world.  

While it may be hard to believe, slavery is still occurring around the world. It is all around us, but often just out of sight. More than 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery, #MYFreedomDay is an ideal initiative to reflect on the concept of freedom and raise awareness of modern-day slavery.  

Knowledge is the first step towards change. Over the past few days, WISS students have discussed topics that can lead to modern slavery, such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labor, and criminal exploitation. Students from all grades have been working on a different topic providing a voice for this global campaign and creating their pledge against modern-day slavery.  

This initiative encourages students to apply their critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and principled values to find collaborative, creative, enduring, and efficient ways to help end modern slavery. 

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