A values-based education
The purpose of a values-based education is to prepare students to meet the challenges of living in the 21st century. As a school we believe in the importance of students learning about:
- healthy relationships and pro-social behaviour,
- social development,
- emotional development,
We encompass these ideals, by using the One World International School (OWIS) values model, which helps us to develop the abilities for our students to be successful in the modern world. Our students need to be able to rise and meet the challenges presented to them in the future and contribute to the world in which they live. This type of learning starts in childhood, where our students first value themselves and their worth and recognize their abilities and how to be able to do what they want in life.
Doing what they want ties into the relationships that students build and how they treat those relationships. The OWIS model teaches students about their immediate relationships with their friends and family as well as social development, health, and intellectual development.
Also in the 21st century, those who do not have the capacity to learn will be at a great disadvantage. They will be unable to change and adapt, as they are flooded with ever more information and new thinking. But learning is about more than just getting by in a changing world. Our ability to learn is what makes us human: we are born curious and our ability to continue learning is what defines us - as individuals, as communities and as societies. Learning provides us with:
- personal growth and expanded horizons,
- increased employability and improved career development prospects,
- a broader range of interests and a wider social life.
To connect our three main aims we have three connecting principles of:
- Being One with the World
In collaboration, there is an increase in the understanding of diverse perspectives with the development of higher-level thinking as one of the important results. Collaborative learning and group work engages deeper learning, social skills, contextual understanding and levels of activity. Oral communication and self-management is fostered with collaboration. Collaborative learning also fosters responsibility, self-esteem and retention in students.
In Service, students offer help to people in need, worthwhile causes, the school and the community. Volunteering and helping others can have several benefits, which include:
- connection to others,
- development of mind and body,
- advancing a career,
- bringing fun and fulfillment to a student's life.
When we talk about “One with the World”, we as human beings have the capacity to explore, to examine and go beyond expectations. However, our thoughts and actions must be balanced, considered and free from external influences. With this clarity of thought, students are in a better position to take considered action and make a positive impact on the world around them.