Outlook on AISA GISS

“Designing our future together” was the theme of the 2024 AISA GISS (Global Issues Service Summit) hosted by Al Rayan International School (ARIS) from 15 - 17 February 2024. LCS took a team of eight High Schoolers (Naana Ekua Annan, Priscilla Ahiakpor, Vansh Bundhun, Shirish Kannan, Samaira De, Tehzeeb Mallam-Hassam, Akira De Diego Anderson and Vrish Bundhum) two teachers(Alexis Smith and Eric Boateng) as part of 226 delegates from 18 countries from across the continent. 

AISA GISS is a three day annual summit hosted by an AISA member school that motivates and encourages students to learn about local and global issues as well as looking at taking inclusive action to provide equitable and sustainable solutions.

The first two days involved sustainability team meetings, teacher workshops, and delegate service presentations. Lincoln presented two presentations: “Feeling the Joy” by Vansh Bundhun on enhancing mental health and “WaterAid” by Shrish Kannan which looked at best practices on water conservation. Two other students Priscilla Ahiakpor and Naana Ekua Annan who are part of a student service learning design team also unfolded a website where service learning experiences could be shared by students.

Keynote speakers were H E Samira Bawumia, Ghana’s 2nd lady, Daniel Dotse of Lead for Africa, Yasmeen Helwani, founder of Green Butterfly and Rebecca Ashley Asare of Nature Conservation Research Centre. Their various perspectives of making change are instructive and enriching.

The third day was a journey to the famous open air Nkyinkyim museum near Ada Foah. The museum is creatively built with a curation of unique sculptures that tells the stories of Africa’s past and the struggles of Black people. The tour around head sculptures representing aspects of slave trafficking was a meaningful moment of reflection about dark sides of human history which was a momentous wake experience. We were engaged in tasks like clay work, painting, designing, mold making, landscaping and tree planting. This interaction between young and old from different cultures and regions was a beautiful tapestry of human engagement.

Our students who attended walked away with leadership skills in the area of service, a focus on conservation and utilizing the resources within a community.   Students who attend the summit are required to share their knowledge with peers and encouraged to use their skills to support our growing service learning program.  The next AISA GISS event is in Uganda in 2025.