Global Citizenship Program at NIS 2019-01-10T12:06:33+00:00

Global Citizenship Program at NIS

To be globally competitive, our students must be globally competent

NIS is a registered member of the online community Generations Global. Started by former British MP Tony Blair. The program enhances students’ skills through:

  • LEARNING THE SKILLS OF DIALOGUE: Many students are well equipped to take part in discussion and debate, but meaningful dialogue on difficult issues requires proper preparation. Students learn and practice the skills of dialogue in the classroom before engaging in dialogue through video conferences or online.
  • CONNECTING THROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCES: Video conferences immerse students in an entirely new experience. We connect classrooms across the world, allowing students to explore, articulate, and develop their own views, while encountering and considering the views of others. It is a safe space, with a trained facilitator to manage the flow of the discussion.
  • CONNECTING ONLINE: The online community is an innovative tool that encourages dialogue. Students work in small groups, filled with students from around the world, sharing their views and engaging in dialogue on prearranged topics

NIS has recently become a member of GSL Organization, the organization focuses on leadership training. 10 of our students are currently being trained and will be attending world conference in the United Kingdom.

The Global Social Leaders was created in 2011 by Future Foundations and Wellington Leadership Institute.  Both organizations have extensive experience, credentials and awards for their work with young people, leadership, and character building. We are proud members of Future Group, a collection of organizations seeking to achieve positive change.

NIS has recently become a member of the Global Nomads Group which harnesses the power of peer learning, intergroup contact theory, and storytelling in order to prepare young people to thrive in the 21st Century and lead positive change in their communities. Guided by academic research and deep empathy for young people’s interests and experiences, GNG’s curriculum leverages storytelling and peer learning as the mechanism for helping youth develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to thrive in the 21st Century. Through sharing stories and building human connections, youth are inspired to learn and lead positive change in their communities, both local and global, and in ways both large and small.

Liberal and humane values are neither revealed truths nor natural habits. Devotion to human dignity and freedom, equal rights, justice, civility and truth, tolerance, civic responsibility, self-respect and the respect for others–all these must be taught, learned and practiced. Global education can be defined as the study of people and theirrelationships with their social, physical and technological environments. The study of those relationships becomes most relevant when students are encouraged to make connections to their own lives and the lives of their counterparts who live in different cultural, economic and social environments, as they explore and apply knowledge, skills, thinking processes and values.

The Global Citizenship Program prepares students for engaged living in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing world.  Emphasizing critical analysis and value reflection, the program structures educational experiences through which students learn to negotiate international boundaries and develop their own sense of personal, social, and corporate responsibility to the global community.  A Global Citizen is someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices.  Historically human beings have always formed communities based on shared experiences.

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.