A lot of people reading this will probably have little or no understanding of what UWC is, so I’ve taken it upon myself to publish a page totally dedicated to the history, aims and locations of UWCs worldwide. Aren’t you lucky!
The United World College movement started in 1962, with the opening of Atlantic College in Wales, which is about a 40 minute drive away from where I live. The movement was founded by Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist, who based his educational philosophy on the collaboration and discussion he’d seen between former enemies at the NATO Defence College. His idea was to teach young people (whom he believed had an innate moral clarity but were corrupted by our society as they grew older) to overcome prejudice by living and working together.
Hahn pictured a college that educated a wide variety of people from different socio-economic groups and cultures, aged 16 to 20, with a scholarship program to ensure that recruitment of every economic background was achieved. All applicants undergo rigorous selection process, and are selected on potential on motivation- but academics also play a certain part!
All of the schools teach the IB, which is an incredibly challenging educational experience, aiming to inspire them to create a sustainable and peaceful future, whilst promoting crucial values, such as intercultural understanding, celebration of difference, mutual respect and respect for the environment. Everyone undertakes a CAS element, which stands for Creative-Action-Service, meaning that you have to undertake a creative component, an active component and a service component. This CAS element embodies several more values of the UWC mission, such as personal challenge, compassion and service, and a sense of idealism.
There are UWC’s all over the world, and there are currently 14 active. Here they are in chronological order:
Two new colleges are scheduled to opened in September, 2014:
Robert Bosch United World College (Freiburg, Germany), 2014,
United World College Dilijan (Dilijan, Armenia), 2014.