The Beaconhouse School System Gulshan Middle 1 organised a video conferencing session between the famous British author, Gillian Cross, and students for a lively and inspiring conversation. Cross’ novel “The Lost” is a part of the students’ curriculum.
“We organised this video conferencing session because we wanted to communicate with the wider world and become global citizens and Cross was very happy to discuss her work with us,” said Areeba Khan, a student of grade seven. The students asked Gillian what triggered her to write a novel about the problems of teenagers. “We chose to learn from the author directly instead of learning only from the book,” said Hiba, a participant of the video conference. “This session gave us an international experience and exposure, within our classrooms.”
Video conferencing sessions have opened new learning arenas for the students as it gave them an opportunity to interact with the authors directly, sharing their opinions, ideas and excitement. This was the second video conference with Cross at the Beaconhouse Gulshan Middle 1. Cross has won many awards for writing motivational novels for youngsters which have been adopted by schools around the world as a part of their syllabus. “The Lost” has been a part of the Beaconhouse curriculum for the last three years.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2012.