The Jahs and Kays Simulation we did in IFP last week was, I felt, very interesting in how it not only pertained to real-life cases of the conflicts that can arise between developed and developing nations (even when they both have good intentions), but also how it showed the skills that we needed to have to effectively mediate and prevent arguments. Firstly, it was interesting to see the unique perspectives of Jahs and Kays. I was a Kay, meaning my country was highly technologically advanced and developed (something of a pseudo-utopia), and we thought we were in the right in trying to bring our prosperity and technology to the Jahs. Though I initially saw the Jahs as close-minded and content with their own issues (especially since we were told that the Jahs suffered from several plights such as unemployment, disease, lack of education, and so on), when I learnt of their perspective (them freeing themselves from the control of other countries, and being fiercely proud of their independence), I began to understand them better. Additionally, the activity taught me the importance of good, clear communication. Though our group of Kays initially went in with a very straightforward approach, we realised that the Jahs found it condescending, and eventually switched to a more constructive style of discussion. Though the talks ended up yielding little, it was still a very interesting experience.
My week in Season 1 tends to be quite variable. Monday is quite an easy start to the week, just with Philosophy club running from 3:00-4:30, giving me plenty of time to manage schoolwork. Tuesday, however, is by far the hardest day of the week, with Jakarta Street Kids taking up my lunchtime slot, and Boxing/Muay Thai running from 3:15-4:30, followed by IFP, running from 4:30-6:00. This takes up a significant amount of my day, so I’ll probably have to manage myself better by doing more work on Monday and the weekend in preparation, since I’ll have a reduced amount of time to do homework. Thankfully, Wednesday and Friday are both free days, and Thursday is also very manageable, with my service, Memoirs of the Pioneer Generation, running from 3:10-4:30, giving me plenty of time. So far, apart from Tuesday, my week is very flexible and leaves plenty of time for both homework and other pursuits, so long as I adequately prepare myself for Tuesday.