May 21, 2015
Yi Ting & Ayaka, Year 13 Students, Gubei Campus
During our time in the IB-Diploma programme at YCIS, our proudest achievement has been our major “CAS Project”. The CAS programme (Creativity, Action and Service) creates an amazing opportunity for students to truly think about what we can do to make the world a better place. For our project, we worked with a non-profit organisation called “The Library Project”, which donates libraries to rural elementary schools, orphanages, and community centres across China and Vietnam. After contacting the organisation, we decided to raise funds and build a library in an elementary school in Fujian, China.
This project was challenging, as our goal was to raise RMB 22,000 yuan to build the library. Raising this huge amount of money seemed impossible in the beginning, but we discussed, planned, and enacted many ideas to achieve our goal, including a Christmas packaging event. After raising enough money, we travelled to Fujian to help build the library, organise the books on the shelves, and interact with the local children. It was a meaningful experience as we were able to help provide the children with access to advanced reading materials.
Working with The Library Project was truly our proudest achievement, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our CAS Co-ordinator, Mr Sibarani. Our project was a life-changing experience, and it helped us realise that small steps can help change the world.