So it has been quite a while since we (Sam, Chiara, and I) have proposed this idea as a CAS service/creativity. Starting from the end of last year, we have been planning thoroughly of what we can do to implement the 6 IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, Service) of Round Square to our very own school, BSJ. Basically the 6 IDEALS are the counteract to the 6 declines that Kurt Hahn believed occurred in modern youth. Kurt Hahn is the inspiration and creator of Round Square, Outward Bound, and the Duke of Edinburgh, which we are very familiar with.
Our first steps were to gather members for the committee newly starting this year. The members were chosen from year 10 to year 12, as it was believed that they could contribute the most. Having weekly meetings, we explain how the Round Square works, and how to spread the ideals around the school. We have asked the committee members to take a look around school and take photos of what is believed to be one of the 6 ideals. These can be activities at school such as MUN, Student Council, International Award, House Leaders, Eco Committee, and any CAS service projects.
As we have thought about doing a long term project for a while to implement Internationalism, Democracy, and Service, we decided that it was best to help an organization called the John Fawcett Foundation.All of the patients in the JFF do not have the wealth to pay for a surgery in a private hospital. The JFF is based in Bali, and helps those with an eye cataract by providing free surgery and care.
Recently, they have faced problems of mobility, as they cannot reach parts of Indonesia due to the area being very isolated or in extreme terrains. We are planning various fund raisers to help their cause, and hopefully boost their solution.
To build up upon our initial ideas, Chiara, Sam and I visited the JFF headquarters in Bali to witness firsthand how their program works. With approval, we interviewed John Fawcett himself, Dr Wayang, and the patients to gain a greater view on their cause and their perspectives. I won’t explain too much on this, because we’ll make a short video about this very soon.
We wish to raise $8000 by the end of this academic year, and to do this, we need everyone’s help to spread our project around school. We will be holding many assemblies for each year groups, so look forward to those.
In conclusion, we’ll spend a lot of time doing this.
To be honest, all the CAS LOs apply to this project. But if I had to pick out the 2 which is the most important, it would be LO6 and LO7 because not all CAS projects deal with global issues and ethical issues, and I believe that’s what makes us unique compared to all other services.