One of the most fascinating parts of educating students at the British Vietnamese International School is the consistent promotion of values.
This week has been a perfect example but it is by no means just an isolated occurrence. The Participation with Nord Anglia on the Global Challenge project with UNICEF has created an extraordinary buzz around the school concerning global, international and local values-based learning. The Transition Day for Years 6 to 8 attests to this. The Year 5 self-determined Charity initiative attests to this. The content of IPC lessons as detailed in the Year 2 Water Day project attests to this. As does the IGCSE and International A Level curriculum offerings.
All the time these issues are being referenced within a context relevant to the majority of our students, to a Vietnamese context. Our programme of enquiry-based learning is so powerful and is making a deep impact on the students’ thinking, learning and formulation of values.
Parents will undoubtedly see their children adapt to and adopt values that increasing place them with a loyalty rooted in their own culture but with a global mindset. International travel and even moving overseas may help in this but we are building a legacy of lasting values. We seek long term development of core values, mindful of others in a personalized context. As they say, think local to think global. The students are excited, challenged and ambitious to make a difference.
Our students know how fortunate they are. With 3 billion living on just $2.50 per day they are increasingly aware of how much is expected of those to whom much has been given. We know our responsibilities as educators. Our students are more and more aware. Exciting times for us and them.
Have an excellent weekend.
Mr. Mark Sayer - Principal