EDISON, NJ-- W+H Upper School students Gurinder Singh of Carteret, Shankari Theivanayagam of Summit, Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains and Jenelle Valera of Piscataway participated in a global student dialogue on “Youth Action for Global Causes” on Dec. 9. More than 250 students from 13 different countries including Belarus, Canada, Chile, England, France, Ghana, India, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the United States representing 43 different schools all came together to discuss their perspectives. Student participants shared the causes about which they are inspired, and they collectively developed understandings about the competencies required to tackle these challenges today and in the future.

This virtual student dialogue gave students an opportunity to learn how to engage in respectful dialogue, communicate across differences, and understand multiple perspectives around a complex global issue. The program was organized by the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG), a non-profit association of schools with global education programs.

The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is a leading organization of K-12 schools that researches and establishes best practices in the field of global education and prepares students to thrive in increasingly interconnected world systems. The GEBG supports member schools through a myriad of benefits including in-depth professional development, collaborative student and faculty travel, discounted travel assistance and insurance, curricular development, conferences, institutional evaluations and endorsement, resource library and a supportive network of member schools. These initiatives help schools establish structures and programs that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and empathic orientation required of global citizens.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.