UWC International Newsletter March
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Faith Abiodun Executive Director, UWC International

Dear friends of the UWC movement, 

This month, I have had the pleasure of visiting two UWC campuses - UWC Atlantic and UWC Costa Rica. Both visits gave me immense joy, and I eagerly anticipate future visits to other schools and colleges. At UWC Atlantic, I was privileged to participate in an educational vision prototyping workshop, seeking to imagine an educational programme at the intersection of peace, sustainability and experiential learning. It was wonderful to have Dr Anton Beguin, Chief Assessment Officer at the International Baccalaureate (IB), as part of these discussions to help strengthen our longstanding relationship with the IB. 

I was also happy to participate in the 24-hour Race Wales, expertly organised by a committed group of students. It was very inspiring to look out of my window at 2am and see groups of students, faculty, staff and national committee volunteers running several laps around the campus in freezing conditions! On joining the race, I was accompanied for a few laps by the College Librarian, Ahyla Fountain, who spoke movingly about her observations of student growth during her time at the College. Incredibly, more than £16,000 was raised to contribute to the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery in Thailand through an organisation called The A21 Campaign. To Lucia, Abo and Jordan who led the Race Wales organising team, thank you for reflecting our values so clearly through your efforts. Throughout my time at UWC Atlantic, I was struck by a demonstrable sense of taking ownership, and this has stayed with me since. 

At UWC Costa Rica, I was grateful to be involved in the College’s 15th anniversary celebrations. The joyful atmosphere created by students, faculty and staff, management team, board members and volunteers, was just wonderful. I listened to the Sustainability Coordinator, Sofia Quiros, speaking about the many ways in which the College is committed to creating a culture of sustainability; I heard the Co-curricular Director, Nancy Solis, explaining the ‘thematic weeks’, designed to enable critical conversations about important issues; and I listened as Biology teacher, Jeff Norris, talked about how the concept of reciprocity with the environment is informing the design of the new campus so that it becomes an even better home for indigenous plant and animal species. Again I was struck by the ownership that each of them demonstrated. It was excellence in practice, and I know that the same applies at each of our schools and colleges. 

This same sense of ownership has translated into our collective response to the unprovoked and unjustified aggression on a sovereign territory witnessed in Ukraine. As a movement, we know that it is not enough to respond with words of condemnation, instead we have taken ownership for action, as our mission challenges us to do. After the news of the war broke, we reached out directly to our stakeholder communities and expressed solidarity with those most directly affected - our Ukrainian students, faculty, staff members and volunteers, as well as our Russian and Belarussian community members who join us in condemning violence and aggression in all forms. 

It has been heartwarming to read about the many ways in which our schools and colleges have lived out our mission by extending additional scholarship offers to incoming students from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus - raising funds for the humanitarian response, and providing logistical support to those who are fleeing violence. Special thanks in particular to the members of the Ukrainian National Committee who have persevered with conducting selections in the midst of unimaginable uncertainty and at personal risk. 

We are unequivocal in our commitment to shaping a more peaceful and sustainable world, and we do that best by going farther than anyone else to bring together young people from all backgrounds to live and learn alongside each other. And so when others pursue their aims to divide through military force, we respond by making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures. I will leave you to read below about the incredible results of our UWC for Afghan Youth Appeal, proof again of our solidarity and determination to act as a force for peace in the world.  

With endless gratitude for everything you do in service of UWC’s mission.

Faith Abiodun
Executive Director, UWC International

Celebrations at UWC Costa Rica 
15th Anniversary celebrations at UWC Costa Rica

The party atmosphere was in full-swing last weekend as UWC Costa Rica celebrated its 15th anniversary. As well as charting the growth of the College over the years, the celebrations also made time for plenty of music and dancing. You can watch a recording of the event, including the speeches given by President of UWC, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Chair of the UWC International Board, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro; and UWC International Executive Director, Faith Abiodun. 

Watch UWC Costa Rica's Anniversary Celebrations
Afghan Youth Appeal Reaches its Target
UWC for Afghan Youth Appeal target reached

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our target of being able to offer 20 additional full scholarships for young people from Afghanistan. As the humanitarian crisis started to unfold in Afghanistan last year, the UWC for Afghan Youth Appeal was launched to support young Afghans as their access to education came under threat. Thanks to the generosity and support of the UWC community, 20 more scholars will now be able to receive a UWC education. These scholarships represent our steadfast commitment to using education as a force for peace, and we will continue to seek resources to provide even more scholarships for young Afghans in the future. 

Read the Afghan Youth Appeal Update Here
UWC Students Awarded USD 23,000 in Grants to 'Go Make a Difference'
GoMakeADifference UWCx Initiative

Students from 12 UWC schools will receive a total of USD 23,000 in grants awarded by the UWCx initiative GoMakeADifference. Founded by Jill Longson (UWC Atlantic, 1979-1981) and her husband Colin Habgood (Treasurer of the UWC International Board), the GoMakeADifference awards were set up to help enable UWC students to deliver community projects around the world. Of the 50 applications received this year, 23 were awarded USD 1,000 each to develop and implement their project, with many of them focusing on climate, sustainability and support for refugees. From reducing plastic waste in a community in Zimbabwe, to creating a core group of change-makers working for human rights, respect and peace in Haiti, this year’s winners proved their commitment to living the UWC mission.

Find Out About This Year's GoMakeADifference Winners
Education as a Force for Peace 
Education for peace impact stories

Our Impact Stories continue to explore the effects of peace education on our alums and their wider communities. Rafay Riar and Amar Chaudhari (UWC Robert Bosch College, 2015-2017) explain how they were able to see past prejudice to form a friendship that has had a profound impact on the way they connect with those around them. And with this month’s launch of the first App specifically designed to help refugees, two of its creators, Xinyao Liu (UWC Atlantic, 2019-2021) and Abobakar Sediq Miakhel (UWC Atlantic, 2020-2022) explain how they discovered a mutual desire to find practical solutions to the language barriers faced by refugees and asylum seekers.

Read Rafay and Amar's Story
Discover More About the New App for Refugees
New IB Career-related Programme at Two UWC Schools 
New IB Career-related programme at two UWC schools

Did you know that as well as offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), two of our schools are also set to offer students aged 16 to 19 the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)? UWC Maastricht will offer a pathway in Sustainable Business in partnership with the Sustainable Management School (SUMAS) in Switzerland; the course aims to inspire entrepreneurs and those interested in leading businesses to create positive social and environmental impacts in communities. Pearson College UWC will launch a two-year Climate Action Leadership Diploma (CALD), aimed at students who have a passion for addressing climate change and environmental stewardship. The IBCP is designed to bridge the gap between students’ chosen IBDP courses and career-related study and includes four core components: personal and professional skills, service learning, language development and a reflective project. 

Learn More About the IBCP
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Do You Want to Organise the UWC Movement's 60th Anniversary Events and the Next UWC Congress? 

Event Coordinator JobWe have an exciting opportunity to become UWC International's next Events Coordinator in charge of coordinating, organising and delivering the strategy and events around the 60th anniversary celebrations of the UWC movement and the next UWC Congress to be held in 2023. This is a London-based, full-time and fixed-term position. It would be well suited to an alum with proven experience in designing, organising and managing events and projects in different locations around the world and for diverse audiences. If you think this sounds like the ideal job for you (or you know of someone else who would fit the bill) click on the button below to find out more on our website.

Events Coordinator Job Description
Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ARDEI) committee member, Maureo Fernandez y Mora Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ARDEI) committee member, Maureo Fernandez y Mora brings us this month’s update reflecting on how the way we approach life’s smaller conflicts can help to inform our handling of bigger institutional challenges within the UWC movement. 

Read March's ARDEI Update from Maureo
Creating a Bespoke ARDEI Policy at MUWCI

Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activity at UWC Mahindra College Prompted by UWC International’s Anti Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ARDEI) Board committee, UWC Mahindra College has re-envisaged its approach to discrimination by developing its own bespoke ARDEI policy. IBDP history teacher and Anti-Discrimination Officer, Reid Pierce, explains how the College has helped to facilitate some challenging, but necessary discussions among staff and students.

Read About MUWCI’s Approach to ARDEI
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