Global citizenship has perhaps never been so important. In the last year alone, we have seen an increased need for students to be able to empathize with others from different backgrounds, to champion diverse perspectives and to solve problems that transcend borders. Engaging students to think globally and act responsibly in addressing matters that affect the planet, is how we ensure our children develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful and fulfilled in our modern world.
Nurturing students to become globally minded and socially responsible requires that a child has the opportunity to develop relationships with people from around the world and be immersed in international projects and challenges in their day-to-day curriculum.
At Nord Anglia, we serve more than 67,000 learners spanning 30 different countries and are a true global family. In China, we proudly run nine Bilingual Schools that provide students a premium bilingual and international education that helps them excel on a world stage, while maintaining their language, cultural pride and heritage.
As an international bilingual school, we challenge our educators to integrate global concepts through every unit of study and have international learning goals which are unique to our curriculum. This helps young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international and intercultural perspective.
In addition, Nord Anglia students are a part of more than just their own school; they are involved in a virtual learning environment called Global Campus where they learn with fellow students around the world. Our student base is diverse, and every child learns alongside students from different cultures. Through our Global Campus platform, students develop a broader perspective of the world.
We also address global citizenship through co-curricular programs with the world’s leading organisations in their respective fields to offer out-of-the-classroom education experiences in remarkable places across the globe. These include once-in-a-lifetime experiences like daring expeditions in the Tanzania Serengeti and Swiss Alps.
Our citizenship expeditions in Tanzania are life-changing for both Nord Anglia students and the communities they serve during their expedition. Students from across the world come together to build new schools from the ground up, building skills they never even knew they had. The experience helps students to see how different communities work and how they can really make a difference to others. Students leave the expedition with a new view of themselves, their world and their entire future.
“Bringing back newfound confidence, resilience, determination and motivation back into the classroom and into their lives as a whole. ……we are continuously seeing a quick growth in maturity and an ability to handle in challenges” said Philip Burnell, Secondary STEAM & Geography teacher of NACIS Shanghai after he led students to the expeditions.
Our collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, and UNICEF are other unique experiences that broaden your child’s mind beyond everyday learning. The partnership with UNICEF allows students to participate in a Model United Nations and learn to actively address global issues such as poverty, conflict, the environment, discrimination and differing lifestyles.
Students build from these experiences and learn how to make positive changes in their own community and beyond. What Nord Anglia students see and do through these out-of-classroom opportunities ignites their ambition and fosters children into global citizens who are prepared to go on and become global leaders. From Boston to Beijing, Hong Kong to Houston and Washington to Warsaw, our diverse global community stretches across borders, and is ready to help make the world a better place.