The Raffles Leadership Summer Camp (Beijing)
A 7-day residential camp at Peking University-Affiliated High School, held on 4-10 August 2013
What often distinguishes leaders from other people in the crowd is their character, and the sense of purpose that drives them. Where most people take their cue from what others around them are doing, leaders follow their own inner instincts and values.
At Raffles Institution, we specialise in nurturing thinkers, leaders and pioneers. Through our programmes and activities, we help our students realise their full potential and unlock their capacity for success and happiness. Our summer camp is both experiential and conceptual. We have put together a team of our top teachers who will open participants’ minds and hearts to the world around them. Through our summer camp, participants will:
- Gain deeper insight into the people that you encounter
- Discover your capacity for critical, independent thought
- Mature into a greater sense of civic responsibility
- Achieve a heightened ecological awareness
- Augment your ability to work with other people and learn from others
a. Philosophy Programme
Successful leaders of the new millennium must possess an acute sense of self-awareness and in turn apply this sensitively to other-awareness. In the same vein, leaders of the modern world must look back upon the very foundation of the human condition if they wish to rise above themselves and lead others toward greater growth.
With this in mind, the Raffles Philosophy Department has put together a special course that sets out to explore the peculiar issues of Duty to Self and Duty to Others. How far do our duties to others go? What are our basic duties to ourselves? How do we rationalize the conflicts that often occur when these two sets of duties meet head on? Join us as we take you on a journey of self-discovery.
b. Raffles Leadership Institute Programme
This programme aims to inspire young people to be effective leaders of character who seek to equip themselves with personal mastery and inter-personal skills as they grow in their sense of social responsibility and commitment to service for the public good.
Key Components of Programme
1. Field Trip and Activities to Enhance Ecological Literacy
This ecological literacy component seeks to instill a deeper sense of curiosity in students to explore both environmental and community issues as a platform to effect advocacy and active citizenship. Students will:
• initiate connections and deepen their understanding of the environment;
• explore and discover through place-based learning;
• implement critical thinking via experiential activities.
2. Simulation Games to Heighten Global Awareness
Simulation games in the workshop serve as a means for students to gain a better understanding of issues people on the globe experience, including the cycle of poverty.
• learn first-hand what it takes for communities to survive in a world where systems and structural factors challenge access to opportunities and resources;
• experience social dilemmas that provoke deeper reflections about the world around them.
3. Experiential Activities as a methodology for Reflection and Learning
The experiential learning approach in the workshop allows students to gain meaning of the activities through hands-on participation and facilitated discussions with fellow participants.
• hear what others think and gain ideas about something valuable they can achieve in their own community;
• be inspired to turn awareness into action.