International mindedness is:
"a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility towards its members. It is an awareness of the interrelatedness of all nations and peoples, and is a recognition of the complexity of these" (IBO, 2018, "The Learning Community")
Global citizenship refers to:
“ a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasises political, economic, social and cultural interdependency and interconnectedness between the local, the national and the global" (UNESCO 2014)
Our aims are to:
• Welcome all citizens of different cultures and languages and provide the opportunity to work together.
• Build and reinforce students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness
• Foster students’ recognition and development of universal human values
• Provide international content while responding to local requirements and interests
• Provide diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
What does this mean for International School Brunei?
International mindedness and Global citizenship for our students at ISB entails adopting a certain value system of compassion, tolerance, and openness to diverse perspectives. Since more than 45 nationalities are represented at our school, students have numerous opportunities to learn, develop and connect. Our students have the opportunity to interact with children/young adults from around the world who have been exposed to a variety of cultures, traditions, and perspectives. Our students are accustomed to being in a multicultural environment, and they quickly develop empathy for the views and opinions of others.
Students and teachers share the same shrinking, flattening world. As urbanisation, climate change and demographic restructuring present new challenges, teachers must expose their learners to a broader array of ideas. To accomplish this, they must develop innovative teaching strategies based on historical knowledge of how children learn.
When will students learn to be a global citizen?
At ISB, students receive direct classroom instruction in topics such as Global Learning Studies (GLS).This dedicated lesson introduce our children to international topics and encourages problem-solving through collaboration, reflection, and communication. We discuss current world events and their potential impact on us in our regional context. Students are able to discuss first-hand experiences and ask questions between themselves.
They are able to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them by hearing the perspectives of peers who may have led vastly different lives.We also consider diversity when teaching other subjects. We always evaluate the potential impact of each subject's topics on different student populations and make any necessary adjustments. We ensure that students feel that the subjects that they are studying relate to the world that they live in today. Of course, not all learning happens in the classroom. Our students also take pleasure in celebrating international holidays and customs. We encourage them to take ownership of these events and share their traditions with others.
Our staff as Global Citizens
We prioritise building a community of teachers with international experience. Our educators have worked in international schools in countries other than their own and have been exposed to a variety of cultures, languages, and communities. The perspectives they bring with them are not available at all educational institutions. Students at ISB have opportunities for developing unique understanding and empathy as individuals’ ideas and experiences are shared.
International Mindedness in the community
International mindedness doesn't stop at the school gates. Our ISB parents are committed to instilling similar values in their children. Some families attend multicultural events with their children. Others foster international relationships. Others turn movies, holidays, and entertainment into opportunities to practise multiculturalism with intent. This is important because it teaches children that multiculturalism is all around them. For some students spending time with family members and friends from around the world is the norm, but this is not the case for everyone. This is why we encourage parents to expose their children to a variety of multicultural activities.
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