CTTH’s “Think Big” Indaba: From Ukraine to the Metaverse

Boys running a beach clean up in Milnerton

As an international school, Cape Town Torah High believes that it is imperative to teach global competency, to give students the chance to explore global issues while working on their own ability to work as changemakers in a diverse, interconnected world. 

With this in mind, every year, Cape Town Torah High holds a three-day Indaba aimed to broaden students’ learning experience to the important things that the curriculum is not always able to teach. This year the theme for the Indaba was ‘Think Big’. It focused on the concept of global competence, preparing students for a global, interconnected world. The workshops and talks covered a huge variety of topics from the crisis in Ukraine to the future of the metaverse. Students and teachers were engaged, challenged and inspired by industry experts and community leaders. 

The first day began with the focus on the ethics of influence on social media with talks from Sarah Feldman and Rabbi Goldman. After that, we took a digital trip to Zhitomir to hear from Rebbetzen Esther Wilhelm about the crisis in Ukraine, and how this affected her community and family. The day closed with the boys running a beach clean up in Milnerton while the girls debated climate change and ‘bal tashchit’ and then closed with an ‘ask me anything’ session with Rabbi Cannon. 

Day 2 opened our minds with an exploration of Web3, AI, and the metaverse with Leora Hessen and the CSO educating us around the dangers of fake news, cyberbullying and social media predators. After a short break, we explored the beauty of diversity, looking at the dignity of difference with Rabbi Thurgood, and a powerful Charter for Compassion workshop. After that it was the girls’ turn to run the beach clean up while the boys hosted the much anticipated climate debate. The boys then closed their day with an ‘ask me anything’ session with Rabbi Cannon. 

The final day was an eye-opening inspiration session, looking at cryptocurrency and investment with Matthew Osrin. After that, Caroline Kaimowitz and Liat Beinart from Staffwise hosted a powerful workshop focusing on the skills needed for the 21st century. We then hosted a lively game show challenging our students to share their global knowledge. 

The Indaba closed with a look to the future for our students, South Africa and the world with Lance Katz at a schoolwide assembly, with a powerful vision of hope, charging the students to work hard, and hone their personal agency, and appreciate our community and all it has to offer.

The Indaba was dedicated in the memory of Andy Greenberg OBM, a young woman who passed away far too young, and in appreciation for all that her family has done for CTTH over the years. 

We cannot wait for the Indaba 2024!

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