Washington International School Co-Hosts 2019 GIN Conference

Location: Funger Hall, George Washington University

March 11, 2019 – March 11, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The DC GIN Conference brings together high school students from around the country to learn about, discuss, and come up with sustainable solutions to global issues such as climate change and social justice issues. Conference activities include student-led presentations, keynote speakers from major multilateral organizations, companies, embassies, and NGOs, and breakout sessions. With this year’s theme of “How can we understand conflict?”, we aim to allow small, committed groups of students to analyze various forms of conflict, from wars to fighting fake news. We will empower them to effect large-scale changes in their communities, as well as encouraging them to get involved with local and global NGOs and organizations.

Our opening keynote speaker this year is Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier from South Sudan who has become a successful artist and peace ambassador in Canada. He has given TED talks and speaks around the world on a variety of subjects. If you would like to learn more about him here is a link to a TED Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF_dHdNOgSA

This is an opportunity for students to get first hand professional opinions about issues that surround them, to then share their perspective with students from different backgrounds, and to return to their schools with an enriched understanding of global issues which they can share with their peers. There is no preparation required for attendees, and the conference will provide breakfast and lunch free of charge. If there are students who are willing and able to give a 45-minute presentation or workshop, we encourage them to contact us so we can arrange a breakout session with them during the conference.

The conference will take place on the 11th of March at Funger Hall of George Washington University in Washington, DC. Registration ends on the 8th of March and is available through a link on our website. You will need to enter the code GIN2019 to register, to make sure only schools we have contacted can send students.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the organizers at gin@wis.edu or take a look at the conference website: http://ginconferencegindc.org. We look forward to hearing from you!