Symposium is the intensive for our Grade 6 students. Intensives are a concentrated period of study where an entire grade is working on a project or projects, with profound research and preparation, followed by a public event. These intensives are designed with Hamlin’s mission in mind, as our students meet the challenges of their time.
In Ancient Greece, a Symposium was a regular meeting where men discussed problems. Today, a symposium is a formal meeting where multiple specialists deliver short addresses on a topic.
The Symposium presented topics focused on this year’s theme empathy + knowledge= hope. The event took place at the Century Club and shared information about: personal and social identity, the concept of privilege, the partition of India, access to water in India and various countries in Africa, human trafficking, the danger of a single story, women micro-entrepreneurs and their roles in developing Africa, the Cultural Revolution, representation of women and people of color in Hollywood, the role of education, the role of propaganda in government, and globalization.
Alice shares: For our final unit, we devoted ourselves to creating today’s show. Individually, we considered the many topics we could go into greater depth about, and we got sorted into our small groups with a specific presentation format to follow. We studied our kind of presentation, making sure we understood the ways that song lyrics or PSA imagery or a 21/20 episode are strongest and have greatest impact. We researched our topic in depth, and we put together a draft of our presentation. Next, we revised and revised our work — and then reconsidered and revised it some more.
A Grade 7 Hamlin student is visiting a refugee camp in Bangladesh this summer. Speaking to her classmates, Cassidy shared her passion to make a difference in another part of the world. Cassidy spoke about how child refugees often become victims of human trafficking, something she learned about in her Grade 6 social studies class.
The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. As of 24 May, there are an estimated 905,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar. Not only has the pace of arrivals since 25 August made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is now amongst the densest in the world. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh—mostly women and children—are traumatized, and some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, shrapnel, fire and landmines. –United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
There are 500,000 children in the refugee camp that she will visit. “Most of the kids are not being educated and many do not have parents, they are orphans who are simply assigned a family to live with.”
Cassidy will bring an altruistic presence and help younger children practice their English during her time at the refugee camp.
After her presentation Cassidy distributed paper for Hamlin students to make cards for the refugee children.
“We are showing the children that they are not alone in the world and that we care about them.”
For more information about the refugee crisis, please visit: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-29/pregnant-rohingya-refugees-facing-monsoon-see-donor-funds-dry-up
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 21 million victims of forced labor and human trafficking around the world. Human trafficking and forced labor generate $150 billion dollars annually.
Today, Hamlin 6th graders listened to a panel discussion with the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. As part of the conversation, students asked well-researched and thoughtful questions. Here are three question examples:
How do laws protecting victims of human trafficking vary from state to state?
What types of training does law enforcement receive to combat human trafficking?
How are perpetrators of human trafficking caught?
The information they gained served to further their understanding of a topic that they are studying in social studies classes.
The San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking has five central goals:
Public Awareness: Increase the general public’s awareness about human trafficking.