International Community School is a Christian learning community passionate about providing an International Education, which inspires and encourages learning, collaboration and intercultural understanding.
As a whole school community, we define Global Citizenship as:
- Being mindful of and learning about our rapidly changing and interdependent world, and understanding our place in it.
- Understanding and demonstrating values of compassion, respect and acceptance for all people and diverse cultures; embracing cultural differences and commonalities, and
- Taking an active role in our community and collaborating with others to promote environmental sustainability and create lasting solutions for a more peaceful and fairer world.
At International Community School, global citizenship is not an additional subject; it is a framework for our learning and reaching beyond the school to our wider community to make a difference. We have designed an enriched curriculum which provides a meaningful context for engaged learning in our school with components of global citizenship.
Components of Global Citizenship
Knowledge of the world and appreciating its complexity. The content of the evolving curriculum.
A level of empathy and diplomacy that creates a sense of belonging to a common humanity.
Taking social action.
International Community School, with about 40 different nationalities is a melting pot of cultures which provides the nurturing environment for producing global citizens who are aware of pressing issues in our world and are equipped to develop lasting solutions to resolve them. To promote and develop global mindedness, we use the following approaches:
– The components of our enriched curriculum (content, assessment, standards, and benchmarks) embody international and multi-cultural perspectives. Learning experiences are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and mutual respect and understanding, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity. Students are encouraged to participate in every aspect of the curriculum in order to reach their full potential and become motivated and aspirational global citizens. Students are encouraged to think about global issues with their HEAD, to feel empathy for others with their HEART and take action to find positive and sustainable solutions with their HANDS. The subject areas in which the components have been infused are: Languages, Moral Instruction, Social Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, Art and Music.
Through service learning we engage our students in learning about and addressing critical issues such as climate change, hunger and illiteracy while contributing to the development of themselves and the local community.
The students and staff are engaged in whole school projects which inspire and motivate everyone in the community to take social action towards protecting our environment.
- Recycling project
Description of Whole-School Recycling Initiative
- To create awareness in the school community about the positive impact of recycling on the environment.
- To educate the school community on the possibilities/potential of recycling materials such as production of valuable and generating funds.
- To encourage members of the school community to adopt the practice of recycling and inspire individual efforts towards making a difference.
Procedure: Organize a think tank composed of students, staff representatives (academic & non-academic across depts.), and parents of ICS to brainstorm on start-up, modality, and sustainability.
Once the initial start-up has been completed, students will be engaged to effect policy implementation in the form of project-based initiatives run either by grade level, a combination of grades or sections (Early Years, Elementary School and Middle and High School) level. Activities at this level culminate with engagement of community businesses that will reuse the items.
At the student level: Students will create presentations to share with fellow students to create awareness on recycling.
At the class/school level: Bins of three colors will be placed in classes and around the school to sort trash into different places.
At the staff level: Members of the committee will enlighten members of staff in various groups (i.e. cleaners, cafeteria, gardeners, security, teachers, administrative staff, etc.) on ways and benefits of recycling.
At community level: Engage businesses and organizations involved in recycling the items generated.