Last Friday a group of 30 students including Lower Sixth IB and Lower Fifth REP classes and some staff and governors went to Exeter University to be a part of the TEDx event. This consisted of a series of 16 TED talks, delivered by a range of fascinating and eloquent speakers. High points for the IB students in particular were a recording of a TED talk delivered by Deborah Lipstadt about defending the truth, referring the holocaust denial case brought against her by David Irving. We were also deeply moved by the talk entitled ‘I am not a number’ given by Nujeen Mustapha, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee who suffers from cerebral palsy and was carried out of Syria on the backs of her brother and sister. We also enjoyed hearing from Andrew Solomon on the topic of ‘How open borders make us safe’ and students were particularly fascinated by Howard Johns, who spoke about ‘The Energy Revolution’. Other highlights were a performance by poet Matt Harvey and talks by journalist Christina Lamb on reporting in war zones and Gill Hayes on mental health. We were delighted to have the chance to sit in the futuristic and highly covetable Tesla cars on display and to hear how electric vehicles are making their impact on international markets. We are all grateful to Miriam Gosling, who was stage-managing the event, for making such a great experience possible for us.
Director of IB and Enrichment
See what our students had to say about their experience:
Personally, my favourite talk was Andrew Solomon's 'How open borders make us safe.'Solomon talked about how how borders represent exclusion. In addition to this, he went on to explain how the act of exclusion not only hurts thos being excluded, but also those doing the excluding. Overall, I enjoyed this talk as it helped to give me more knowledge around the matter, and he made it incredibly interesting.
The introduction of Madhumita Murgia's talk, 'My identity for sale', engaged the audience, making us realise that we are being watched as she speaks. Murgia spread awareness, making us aware that we only have our names.
I enjoyed the 'Finding hope in dark places' talk, in which the speaker discussed the topic of suicide. I thought the speaker was honest and you could feel the pain and suffering she went through, as she discussed her own personal experiences.
Every minunte, the equivalent to one garbage truck full of waste is dumped in the ocean. Vik Mohan spoke about how we can help to save our oceans. Her ideas included collecting used plastic and turning it into recyclable bottles. She also spoke about how if we don't do something about dumping our rubbish in the ocean then by the year 2025 there will be more plastic than fish in the world.
The talk 'I am not a number' was interlectually inspiring. Nujeen Mastafa is a young refugee who has cerebale palsy. She spoke about her life in threatening situations and her friendship with Mulala.
I think it made people realise that it is OK to not be OK. You may think you should have a perfect life but this is rarely a reality. Your mind can play tricks on you and it can make your life horrible. There is always hope, no matter what, and there are always things to live for.