It was a momentous day at The Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy as students presented their CARP Week projects in an annual exhibition.
This year’s CARP Week Exhibition “Small Steps Create Big Change” centered around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – set by the United Nations (UN) – proved how committed Dalton students are to helping drive positive change in the world. 300 students displayed and discussed their work last Tuesday with great enthusiasm.
The CARP Week Exhibition ended with a closing ceremony in the Sunken Theater. For the occasion, Ms. Tehani Pestalozzi, South-South & Global Development Cooperation Program Analyst at the United Nations Development Program in Beijing (UNDP), shared her story and inspired students to be more curious and take an active role in developing sustainable initiatives. The guest speaker, Ms. Xiao Lingyun, Scientific Consultant of the “山水保护” Snow Leopard NGO in Beijing, presented her project on bio-diversification protection and sustainable development. This project helps solve conflicts between wildlife and local human populations. In the spirit of the UN’s SDGs, her talk offered insight and inspiration on how to proactively participate in the protection of our environment, both in terms of ecosystems, and protecting endangered species.
During the closing ceremony, Mr. Derrick Berry, Strategic Development Coordinator, recognized the Senior Three students’ hard work as they successfully guided the 25 CARP Week projects. Hakem Megdad, 张依萌 (Zhang Yimeng), and 张而弛 (Zhang Erchi) were also invited to share their thoughts on sustainable development and their experience as CARP project leaders.
The ceremony ended with a metaphor from the famous Chinese legend Dragon’s Gate. Dalton teachers and administration faculty created a “dragon’s gate” by joining hands and had the Senior Three students, representing the “carps”, climb the stairs and go through the “dragon’s gate”, underlining the students' accomplishments and perseverance throughout their three years at Dalton Academy.
Congratulations to every student and teacher for another awe-inspiring CARP Week! More often than not, when talent and hard work coincide the result is a success.