I was sitting in the back of a 4x4 bumping along potholed Mumbai roads, engaged in a lively conversation with a colleague, an IB History teacher, about where our school priorities should lie.
Living in Mumbai in the early 2000’s, as it embraced globalisation in all its complexity was exhilarating. The past and future combined to create a hyperreal present. Teaching IB Economics developed critical awareness but was it helping young people make sense of themselves in the world? My answer, and the source of my colleague’s jibe, was the Community Leadership Programme I started. 130 students exploring their emotional selves and a social issue they cared about through weekly workshops and internships across 12 local NGOs across the city. Real world learning bridging across social worlds to build empathy, work collaboratively and develop relationships that for some are still strong twenty years later. Changemaker education in action.