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.
As part of our GCP, a group of 11th grade students travel to Copenhagen every April. This April will be our fifth year sending a class to stay with Danish host families and learn first-hand about Danish culture. During their visit, the students will engage in dialogues and shared lessons about Egyptian and Danish literature and history. Next month we will share photos from our visit!
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.
Another element of the GCP is our unique Model Arab League. NIS is the only high school in Cairo that hosts a Model Arab League, which follows a similar to format to the well-known Model United Nations. The focus of the conference is discussing regional problems and looking for solutions that will benefit everyone in the Arab region. We encourage all students to participate in this valuable and exciting activity.
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, from our engagement with Empower Peace and our USAID technology project in the early 2000s, to more recent initiatives with Seeds of Peace and the Cairo-Copenhagen exchange.
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 Skills||Learners acquire Knowledge, understanding and critical thinking about global issues and the interconnectedness / interdependency of countries and different populations.|
|Social-Emotional Skills||Learners 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 Skills||Learners 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.