In April 2012, we held our first info session at Chengdu Tanghu Foreign Languages School in southwest China. The presentation introduced Model UN to their students for the first time, emphasized the importance of ‘learning by doing’ and was followed by a Q&A session. The first student to raise his hand was a 13-year old boy called Bruce Wu and he floored us with his reference to John Dewey in asking how experiential learning could be applied in Chinese schools.
Bruce was one of 130 students selected from across China for our first Pegasus camp in Beijing that summer. He studied economics with Andrew Panton, a Cambridge graduate working in international development, and also excelled in drama and visual arts. With new friends all over China, he was determined to continue expanding his horizons beyond Chengdu and applied for a government scholarship to attend high school in Singapore. After four formative years in Singapore, he enrolled at the London School of Economics, where he spent his freshman summer back at Pegasus – this time as a teacher.
Bruce may have been our first student, but he was followed by thousands more, many of whom have returned as teachers, interns, and even full-time employees joining us on our mission to empower more students to become proactive global citizens.