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Education on the Front Lines: Guest Speaker Peter Dalglish

Education on the Front Lines: Heroes for our time

16th November, Island Christian Academy

Generations Christian Education invites you to hear from Peter Dalglish, a Canadian humanitarian who is the founder of Street Kids International and current Senior Urban Advisor, World Health Organisation (Liberia).

Peter’s recent keynote at the East Asia Regional Council of Schools Senior Leadership Conference in Bangkok challenged over 1,300 international school leaders to ‘nudge’ their students and alumni to use their considerable skills and talents to address some of the most urgent and complex issues of our time. Generations has asked him to present this inspirational message to challenge our school community and guests to make the world a better place.

Peter is a leading authority on child labour, street children, and children affected by war. After graduating from Stanford University and Dalhousie Law School, he organized an airlift of food and medical supplies from Canada to Ethiopia. While encountering emaciated and destitute refugees, Dalglish had an epiphany.

Peter returned to Canada from Ethiopia and informed the senior partners of his law firm that he was giving up the profession to pursue a career alongside some of the world’s poorest children. Since that time, his passion, expertise, and desire to make positive change has taken him around the world in roles with the United Nations, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organisation, and a host of youth-focused NGOs.

At Generations schools, our mission to cultivate individuals of character, compassion, courage and competence and inspire the next generation to be a global people of Christian faith, a people serving others reinforces Peter’s life-long commitment to the common good of society.

Date:         16th November (Thu), 2017
Times:       Session I       3:00 – 4:00pm
                    Session II      6:45 – 7:45pm
Venue:       Island Christian Academy
Address:   70 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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(Seating is limited and registration is on a first come first serve basis.)

Contact:   Mr. Bill Lui
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Speaker’s Information

Peter Dalglish has devoted much of his career to investing in young people and seeing them empowered to transform their communities for good. Peter’s message will challenge our students to use their considerable skills to make the world a better place.
Peter attributes his professional achievements to his front-line field experience in his 20s and 30s working with NGOs in challenging situations. He believes that international schools can play a key role in preparing young people not merely for lives defined by materialism and consumerism, but rather so they are equipped and determined to address some of the biggest challenges of our age.

After attending Catholic primary schools, Peter Dalglish studied at Upper Canada College in Toronto; he is a graduate of Stanford University and Dalhousie Law School. Shocked by images of famine in Africa, in 1984 as a private citizen he organized an airlift of food and medical supplies from Canada to Ethiopia. His encounter with emaciated and destitute refugees seared him for life. Working with the World Food Programme in an isolated region of Darfur along the Sudan’s border with Chad, he in 1985 coordinated humanitarian relief for women and children displaced by a drought and famine of biblical proportions.

In 1986 while serving in the capacity of Emergency Coordinator for UNICEF in the Sudan, Peter established a bicycle courier service run entirely by street children. Inspired by the tenacity and ingenuity of young people whom society had written off, he returned to Canada to found Street Kids International. Armed with $200, a borrowed office and an American Express card, he launched an agency that became a global leader in designing creative programming for poor, urban children.

In 1994 Peter was appointed by the prime minister of Canada as the first director of Youth Service Canada, the national civilian volunteer youth corps. In 2002 he was appointed as the Chief Technical Adviser for the UN’s child labour and child soldier program in Nepal. Between 2006 and 2010 Peter served as the Executive Director of the South Asia Children’s Fund, which promotes quality education for profoundly disadvantaged children in the region. In 2010 Peter began his 50-month assignment with UN-Habitat in Afghanistan. In December 2014 Peter joined the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) based in Liberia, focusing on the urban response to Ebola in marginal communities in the capital city of Monrovia.


Principal’s Message Vol.54 – Sept 2015

Dear Island CA Community, 您好.

Twelve IslandCA staff were fortunate to attend the Google Summit over the weekend. Those of us who attended found it quite inspiring and came back with more ideas to improve and grow.

We learned that one of the Google principles is to learn from experts. One particular expert highlighted was Jack Ma (Ma Yun), founder of the Alibaba group. When interviewed by Google, he was asked ”What is the secret to your success? Jack Ma’s answer was “ Failure”! He said that to fail is the first attempt in learning.

This reminded me of the principles and personal goals of the International Primary Curriculum. ‘Looking for Learning’ and goals such as resilience and adaptability help us to not be fearful of failing, but to learn from failure. During the IPC training, the trainer talked about a ’Growth Mindset”, and said she could see that IslandCA had a Growth Mindset.

People with a Growth Mindset reach higher levels of achievement; they believe that intelligence can be developed, and that success comes from effort. A growth mindset sees failure as a way of learning. The opposite is a Fixed Mindset, where intelligence is treated as static; people do not like taking risks and do not like doing things where they think they might fail. This information affects the way we encourage and praise each other. If we praise children only for their ability, that can have a negative effect and contribute to developing a fixed mindset. Parents and teachers can help students develop a growth mindset by praising them for their effort. When students do encounter situations of failure, we can encourage them to respond with resilience.

21st century innovative teaching and learning is different from traditional methods (although it may include aspects of it in specific situations). Shared vision, collaboration, space, 21C pedagogy and e-learning all contribute to a great 21st C learning environment. Staff at IslandCA do a great job in developing an effective learning environment; and as a learning community we are learning and growing all the time.


Debbie Middleton