Model G20 Summit模拟二十国领导人峰会–IB经济学主题活动
On September 4, 2016,the 11th G20 summit was held in Hangzhou, China.As a major forum for global economic cooperation, G20 aims to foster international financial stability and sustainable economic growth.
At the beginning of new school year, IB Year11 economics students were curious about the news and forum topics in the Hangzhou G20 summit, and their burning desire for knowledge put this “Model G20 summit” into practice, enabling them to discuss and research world economic problems deeply. From the subject’s perspective, the activity could arouse students’ concern and interest to understanding the central themes in economics explicitly; in terms of the skill-building, it exerts a subtle influence on their ATL skills - thinking, communication and research skills.
First, each student chose a country to represent, then did researches on that country’s fact of economy and raised three questions worth discussing in the summit. Reborn collected all the lists and questions, coordinated and collated, from his classmates.
Next, representatives gathered the first-hand information about the Hangzhou G20 through various medias (newspapers, news websites and videos). With the collaboration, they produced an artistic design for the classroom board under VA teacher Angela’s guidance. The fine backboard presents the unique glamour of the Hangzhou G20 from multiple angles of technology, culture, arts and economy.
After earnest preparations, the most anticipated Model G0 summit had “a grand opening“ on September 28th.
As the start of the summit, it was time for heads of states to shake hands and exchange greetings friendly. The leaders of delegations took a memorable group photo together in the front of their artwork.
China’s representative (Helen) had a cordial talk with South Africa’s leader(Elaine).
Indian and Russian leaders’ first meeting.
German and U.S. representatives (Jerome and Chaos) shook hands warmly.
EU representative (Hubert) found it embarrassing to express friendly message with UK leader (Zachery)
Model G20 大合影Group photo
The second activity was the formal meeting for discussing economic problems raised by different representatives, and other leaders put forward constructive suggestions and solutions.
Chaos,the representative of U.S., raised a question about how to deal with the energy shortage and the gap between the rich and the poor in the world. Other students were actively thinking, discussing and then answered the question.
The state leader of Brazil, Kathy, was eager to learn the lessons from other countries about financial crisis. The EU representative,Hubert,replied that according to different cases of each country, in order to solve the problem, it is critical to clear up the sources and get to the bottom of problems, suit the remedy to the case.His comments won praises from other leaders.
Mexico’s representative Jeff was discussing about how to cope with unemployment and poverty problem with other leaders.
The next task was informal talk, students sat on the ground and had a heart-to-heart talk with aspects to economic problems in different countries, seeking the answer together. Joy was overflowing in the classroom, which showed the vigor and vitality of IB students who share happiness rather than enjoy it alone.
The final step of the project was poster making to reflect on what had been learning through the series of activities, practicing creative thinking and problem solving skills. The Model G20 seeks to foster a concern for global issues, as well as to raise students’ awareness of their own responsibility of being a global citizen to explore, cooperate and develop.
学生们的海报：Posters by Daisy Zhang and Jeff Liu