New Canaan Country School eighth-graders addressed some of the world's most pressing and complex issues facing society during the annual World Congress.
For two days, students took to the podium to present on topics including water scarcity, global health, alternative energy, the environment and human rights.
"What they are learning is vital preparation for a generation of leaders who will have to bring knowledge, empathy, and creative thinking to inescapable global challenges," Tim Bazemore, head of school, said.
Students spend several weeks preparing for the event. They conduct research, work in task forces, write research papers and work with their peers to prepare their presentations. The event culminates with a formal public presentation and audience questions.
"They develop several critical skills they will need as they move into high school, college and beyond," Bart Fredo, eighth-grade teacher, said.