《声音》启明星专刊 VOICES for Daystar Academy VOICES Spring/Summer Edition 2019 | Page 3
he United Nations publishes a list of sustainability
development goals to achieve a better and more
sustainable future for all. These includes goals
such as reduced inequalities, combat climate change,
quality education, and access to justice. All in all,
there are 17 goals adopted by countries around the
world to be accomplished by 2030, signed by every
world leader in the UN.
While each generation faces its own unique challenges,
the issues confronting our and future generations are
getting increasingly complex and at a scale that is
unprecedented. It may take a global effort to avoid
potentially catastrophic outcomes. While China has
been seen as a potential savior and balancing force,
there are also significant concerns. Because of its
meteoric rise in the last few decades, there is a
general indifference, and to some extent arrogance
towards such issues; a sense that they do not apply to
us or that we can solve them “when the time comes”.
In addition, in China’s relentless pursuit for economic
growth, there is a general apathy for those left behind
which makes some of the problems that the UN
identified, such as inequality, even more exacerbated.
The year 2030 is when many of our students are coming
of age into the real world. Most would describe our
students as the privileged class; with that privilege
comes the responsibility to fix the problems at hand.
Our expectation is for our graduates to become the
beacon in tackling the big issues by having a clear
moral compass, to be a person of honorable character,
and to have the courage to take actions.
I am very pleased to see the seeds of that planted
throughout our schools beginning to to bear fruit, with
many student-initiated projects developing organically.
This focus on action and service is something that not
just Ivy, but education systems around the world are
moving towards. It is no secret that top universities
around the world are looking past just test scores or
athletic abilities, and are looking for
students who have demonstrated a
track record and aptitude to make a
positive difference to the world.
Ivy is fully committed to this vision. I
expect us to lead the way in pushing
the boundaries of what young people
are capable of accomplishing not just
for themselves, but for the greater
community. After all, as Kiran Sethi of
Riverside School asks, if not us, then
who? If not now, then when?
I am extremely optimistic of what the
CEO and Founder of Ivy Education Group