Global citizenship is a shared understanding of the knowledge and development of the skills that form the foundation for meaningful engagement in the world. As Global citizens, we are self-aware and take moral and ethical responsibility to actively engage in our (wider) community. In doing so, we help to sustain the planet, work towards ethical systems and equity for the people in our communities. Intercultural learning plays a major role in this process.
At AICS we understand Intercultural Learning as an ongoing process in which we become increasingly aware of a variety of cultures including our own. We develop this understanding through meaningful interactions and exploration of our identities and perspectives. We learn to appreciate the added value of our interdependence.
We understand Global citizenship to focus on three main areas: the planet (Earth), society (People) and social, political and economic factors (World) with sustainability at their core. We understand a key aspect of sustainability to focus on the future, extending beyond our lifetime and the importance of taking responsibility for this now. We think it is important to ensure that our students, but also our more immediate and wider community engage with, advocate and role-model responsible and ethical behaviour.
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Last year we aimed to introduce the community to reflect on the surface of the Cultural Iceberg. Before we are active Global Citizens, we need to be aware how different we are, where we are from, and how we can hold each other’s hands to walk together. Knowing, accepting, and promoting Diversity was at the heart of our activities.
Throughout the year, students produced work where they showed their own perspective of the importance of diversity; what Global Citizenship is and entails contributed to the development of the community’s intercultural awareness.
On Thursday 23 September 2021, all of AICS celebrated International Language Day. Language is an essential element of being a global citizen. Language reflects our cultures and helps us connect individuals into a community. At AICS, we have dozens of languages represented and our students are proud to be multilingual. On this special day we took the time to reflect on the way we use language and to teach each other about our language. Primary students took part in activities which included putting up translations of the IB learner profile attributes on a school-wide bulletin board and secondary students updated their language portfolios. Despite the pandemic, primary and secondary students were able to work together too. Secondary school students were invited to read to primary students in their mother tongue.
On Thursday, the 23rd of September 2021,we celebrated language diversity. Students reflected on the importance of language: its influence on who you are and how you express it. Students learnt how to say “I am a Global Citizen” in different languages and represented the languages in their class visually!
After months of preparation and collaboration with internal and external parties, we were ready for our event. . This year, we focused on enabling the reflection on what a Global Citizen is as well as provide the students with the opportunity to express their concept of Global Citizenship in various formats.
The goals for the day were:
-To provide the opportunity for the community to celebrate our international school as a community of Global Citizens.
-To display some of what has been produced throughout the year with regards to these aspects.
-People (Visual Arts: MYP4 Drama Performance, Visit to the University, Flash Mob);
-Earth/Environment (Eco-school project, Botanic Garden visit and workshops)
-World (Dance Workshops, Cultural Show, Myp3 performance, Cultural Djayng, Choir performance, Cultural Fashion Show, Visit to the University, Cultural lunch, Sensory Country Rooms)
-To enable the students to celebrate being part of the community and be together after a long time with restrictions
-Develop the sense of being a Global Citizen and understand what it entails
-Experience and learn about others’ cultures
-Act to help / benefit others
-Learn how to represent Global Citizenship in diverse forms
After this day, we hope that the community will have a broader shared understanding of what we do as Global Citizens and how we can strengthen these skills needed for a world where we need to be more aware of, empathise, and collaborate with others.