Thursday, 17 October 2013

Global Citizenship Programme (GCP)


To inculcate in students
1.   the importance and relevance of being good Global Citizens;
2.   the awareness, implications and responsibilities as Global citizens; and
3.   the understanding that citizenship transcends over boundaries.

This GCP trip to Brunei aims to enhance the educational experience of an SST student by providing meaningful opportunities for

1.     Exploring, appreciating and understanding the culture and language of the people in Brunei; 
2.     Experiencing what school life is like and forging friendships with students in Brunei;
3.     Experiencing and appreciating the scenic landscape and nature in Brunei;
4.     Understanding how Brunei keeps pace with modernization; and
5.     Understanding Singapore’s relationship with Brunei.

27 October (Sun) to 31 October (Thu) 2013

Mdm Arfah Buang (MTL Dept.)
Mr Ng Guohui (Science Dept.)
Ms Chua Lily (EL Dept.)

No. of students: 32 (Sec Ones) + 2 (Student Leaders - Sec Twos)

Partner institution in Brunei: Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (MSBSPS) [Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College]


Enduring Understandings (EU)

EU1: Culture is a way of life of a group of people who share similar beliefs and customs.
EU2: Culture influences all our behaviours and interactions.
EU3: History is an intimate part and parcel of culture and society.
EU4: Decisions concerning the use of economic resources impact individuals and groups in society.

Essential Questions (EQ)
EQ1: What can we learn about a culture through its artefacts?
EQ2: How does culture shape the way we see the world and make sense of it?
EQ3: How does history shape the social relations and memories we live with today?
EQ4: How does the Iban community maintain its culture and identity?
EQ5: What effects does the economy have on society?

Students will learn
LO1: about the interplay between culture and behaviour through immersing in the Bruneian way of life.
LO2: that heritage is more than simply the things Bruneians preserve from the past as it reflects the way they see themselves as a community today as well as how they project themselves into the future.
LO3: that a culture emerges from the growing history and experiences of the Bruneian society and its tradition.
LO4: how national policies and modernization impact the lives and practices of a minority community in Brunei.
LO5: about the relationship between Brunei’s oil industry and its socio-economic development.

Student deliverables:

  • Daily reflection & online posts
  • Photo essay
  • Research report
  • Presentation
Roles in groups:

  • Research Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Photographer
Research themes / sub-themes: (please look under 'Resources' tab for related readings)

  • Architecture - e.g. structures, design influences, living conditions
  • Agriculture - e.g. products, practices, labour, land use and water management 
  • Biodiversity - e.g. flora and fauna, ecosystem, nature and human well-being, impact of climate change
  • Culture and Tradition - e.g. language, etiquette, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, gender roles, diet, religion
  • Education - e.g. school system, literacy rates, rights of children, gender equality, affordability, social mobility
  • Oil - e.g. imports/ exports, resource depletion, impact on society & economy
  • Sustainability - e.g. diversification of economy, renewal of resources 
  • Technology and Mass media - e.g. new technology, social media, engagement of youths, information management 
  • Tourism - e.g. profile of tourists, impact and implications of tourism, ecotourism
Allocated research areas (final):
  • Group A - Technology and Mass Media
  • Group B - Oil
  • Group C - Architecture
  • Group D - Biodiversity
  • Group E - Culture and Tradition  
  • Group F - Tourism
  • Group G - Sustainability
  • Group H - Oil
  • Group I - Education
  • Group J - Culture and Tradition
  • Group K - Agriculture
Please go to the daily itinerary for the scheduled 10-min presentations by groups.