In October, three student representatives of The Best of Both travelled from their homes in Belgium to Rome, Italy to give a presentation at the International Baccalaureate (IB) Africa, Europe and Middle East conference. The International Baccalaureate conference is an event organised to bring together representatives of schools who offer this pre-university program. Alice, Anna and Berk are the first students to have been given the opportunity to present at such an event and it was a privilege to be able to use it to promote the student-led project. Their teacher Nicholas Lavender has written the following report about this unique experience.
After weeks of preparation and practise the British School of Brussels students gave a polished and confident presentation covering the history and development of The Best of Both, our important and productive partnership with TRAX Ghana as well as providing a chance to share some of their experiences of being involved with the project. The presentation detailed the impact of The Best of Both’s nutrition, water, education and sustainability projects while also highlighting how the education of students at The British School of Brussels has been enriched by the school partnership. Alice, Anna and Berk spoke about their experiences of working for The Best of Both, about their visit to Bolgatanga in the summer and also about some of the difficult ethical questions and challenges that development work can raise.
The Best of Both also ran a stand in the exhibition area which provided an excellent opportunity to engage directly with representatives from schools. Many delegates expressed their interest in The Best of Both and commented on the confident way in which Alice, Anna and Berk spoke about the work of the project. It was also an excellent opportunity for The Best of Both to promote its first ever conference in on 6-7 March 2015. We very much hope that the hard work put in by our student team will attract many delegates to our own conference event where they will be able to share good practice in school twinning projects and help to develop a network of actively engaged young people from a range of schools.