You may recall that, just before the December break, I shared a mailshot with the whole community regarding the UWC East Africa Guiding Statements. I explained how, in 2020, the Board of Governors approved our new, revised Guiding Statements. This was a long process which involved feedback from parents, students in all classes, teachers, support staff, administrators and alumni. In this way, our Guiding Statements represent the aspirations of all our stakeholders. In creating the revisions, the Guiding Statements from our former school, International School Moshi,and those of the UWC Movement were taken into consideration.
The next stage of our Action Plan related to our Guiding Statements is how to make these ‘visible,’ tangible’ and ‘referenced’ across the different sections of our community. In light of this, each week, Ben Morley (Deputy Head Moshi Campus) and I will ask a member or members of our community to explain what each value means to them.
It makes sense to start at the beginning, so, this week, our Primary Student Voice representatives will explain what “A safe, collaborative and caring community” means to them:
“If the school wasn’t safe, then lots of children would be getting hurt. More and more kids would be leaving and the parents wouldn’t keep their children here. Feeling safe is also about your mental protection. We promote kindness”
“It is important to care for other people. One day, you might find yourself all alone and nobody else will do anything about it. Treat people the way you want them to treat you.”
“If we were rivals and did not collaborate, we’d probably make no friends in school and be alone all the time. If you don’t work together as a team, you won’t learn to work with other people when you are bigger and get a job. When we are by ourselves, it will never be as good as when we are together. Being together is our greatest fore. We can do anything. If you don’t collaborate, you will never accomplish anything. Life is easier when we work together.”