Global Citizenship Program at NIS

Global Citizenship Program at NIS

 

The World is Our Global Village 

NIS prides itself on nurturing the development of a global mindset in all of our students. This means acquiring a solid understanding of global issues and empathy for the world’s diverse values and cultures. Our Global Citizenship program gives students opportunities to engage in global networking and conflict resolution, so they graduate with the ability to work cooperatively and responsibly towards our world’s shared goals.

Our Global Citizenship Program is the culmination of many years of effort, inspired by our CEO’s decades of support for cultural and educational exchange programs. NIS has a long history of international engagement, starting with our engagement with Empower Peace and our USAID technology project in the early 2000s.

Understanding and tolerating differences is a central tenet of the NIS school mission. It is also a central tenet of Global Citizenship Education [GCED], as defined by UNESCO. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, education must instill respect for human rights, awareness of social justice and care for our shared environment. Our students must become global citizens who recognize both their rights and responsibilities, and have the knowledge and skills to be actively engaged in transforming themselves and their communities.

At NIS, we believe that education can and should be transformative, and that GCED has the power to change people, communities, and even the world. Our program is designed to foster the following characteristics:

  • a solid understanding of global issues and universal values
  • a tolerant and empathetic attitude based on respect for the world’s diversity and awareness of our interdependence
  • a strong skill-set for global networking and conflict resolution, including communication and critical thinking skills
  • a powerful capacity to work cooperatively and responsibly towards common goals

Our program has adopted the UNESCO framework for GCED and Education for Sustainable Development [ESD] to guide our objectives:

Key Conceptual Dimensions of GCED and ESD
Congitive SkillsLearners acquire Knowledge, understanding and critical thinking about global issues and the interconnectedness / interdependency of countries and different populations.
Social-Emotional SkillsLearners have a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities and holding rights.
Learners show empathy, solidarity and respect for differences and diversity.
Behavioural SkillsLearners act effectively and responsibly at local, national and global contexts for a more peaceful and sustainable world.

Source: developed by UNESCO based on inputs from experts on GCED and ESD from around the world and the Technical Consultation on GCED, held in Seoul in 2013, and the First UNESCO Forum on GCED that took place in Bangkok in 2013.

As part of our GCP, our school has partnered up with Rysensteen, our sister school in Denmark. Every year a group of 11th grade students travel to Copenhagen in April and are hosted by families over there. 

This April will be our eighth year sending a class to stay with Danish host families and learn first-hand about Danish culture. During their visit, the students engage in dialogues and shared lessons about Egyptian and Danish literature and history. 

Our GCP grew with the inauguration of the Generation Global program, which gives our students regular opportunities to video-conference with students from all over the world. This program, organized by Ms. Esi Haliti, has been very successful and we are looking forward to its expansion next year.

Last year, a group of our eleventh graders participated in the Global Social Leaders competition. They started an initiative under the name “Safe House” and managed to make it through to the semi-finals from around 300 global schools. 

Forever making us proud! 

In coordination with out program manager, individual students have applied and joined Seeds of Peace more than once.