Newton College is very honoured to have been invited to represent the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL) in South America. GAIL is an association of eight prestigious schools around the world, with different cultures but with one shared vision: they recognize education as a transformative experience to generate innovation, increase global awareness and promote multicultural respect. This partnership facilitates sharing expertise on teaching and learning, conducts educational research and organizes inter-school student exchanges.
By entering this alliance, there will be many benefits for Newton students, the most tangible being:
Through our LAHC membership our students interact with peers from prestigious schools in the Americas. Through GAIL, our students will also be able to interact with peers from Kimball Union Academy (USA), Kristin School (New Zealand), Prestige College (South Africa), Robert Gordon's College (Scotland), Scotch College (Australia), Western International School of Shangai (China), and Woodstock School (India).
It pleases us greatly to be achieving our vision: to be recognized worldwide for our academic excellence and education style.
Professional careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are the ones that will require more qualified professionals in the future. However, global statistics show a vast difference in the presence of men and women in this field: according to UNESCO, only 35% of students in careers linked to STEM are women. Factors such as lack of information, prejudice or lack of confidence most influence young women today when deciding to complete higher studies in this field.
Seeing the need to empower young women, CISCO created "Girls Power Tech," a global mentoring initiative that provides tools and information to women between the ages of 13 and 18 about careers and job opportunities in STEM. On May 3rd our school was the host of one of the four simultaneous venues of the latest edition of Girls Power Tech, and 27 of our students from Upper School –along with 25 guests students from the High-Performance School of Lima– had the opportunity to share this learning day. Attendees participated in workshops in programming, cybersecurity, electronics, design thinking, and were counselled by professionals working in the sector about the educational and work opportunities that exist in these areas.
We are proud to have been able to collaborate with this initiative, which seeks to empower students to learn the benefits of a career in STEM and give them the opportunity to explore their passion for technology.
When Kerstin Forsberg was a Newton student, her attention was drawn to animal care, so much that she started a Nature Club that inspired school authorities to dismantle the on-site zoo we used to have and find better homes for the animals. That was probably the first of many accomplishments she has achieved while caring for the environment.
Kerstin studied biology and focused on marine conservation. Since she founded the NGO Planeta Oceano in 2009, she has focused on educating and empowering coastal communities to sustainably manage their marine resources while also developing sustainable businesses that preserve the giant manta rays, instead of depleting their small population in the northern seas of Peru and Ecuador. Kerstin teaches the member of those communities to care for the ocean, enabling them to be guardians of the marine habitat and benefit from it.
Her efforts have earned her multiple recognitions worldwide. She has received The Whitley Award and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She was the only Peruvian in such list and the only woman in Latin America.
Most recently, Kerstin has been included in the list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. Kerstin is leading a major social change in the communities she is working with. She has found her vocation in the organization she founded, and she has proved that through dialogue and collaboration, systemic changes can become positive social changes too.