It is no longer enough to be able to read, write, count or master particular know-how in order to play a decisive role in an increasingly complex and uncertain world: everyone must have both the confidence and the essential human qualities - empathy, more collaborative leadership, teamwork, risk and initiative, etc. - to be able to contribute actively to positively transform society. The Ashoka Changemaker Schools allow all students to become actors of change: young people with the skills and self-confidence to change the world for the good of all at their level.
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The 'all day all year' approach of CASA, complements the Montessori education they offer. Providing individual educational paths taken by students is not only convenient for parents, it also creates flexibility in teaching hours and responds to the needs of the students. In line with the methodology of Maria Montessori, the children are being introduced to the concept of freedom and choice from an early age. This makes children studying at CASA grow up to be independent and responsible individuals since they learn how to take better care of themselves. By recognizing and respecting differences, Casa promotes equality and compassion among children, leading to a peaceful and stimulating learning environment.
Leon van Gelder offers a unique educational program in which students stay in the same group and retain the same teachers throughout the educational process at the school. Also, students get to their final year figures based on their performance. The first three years they are evaluated only on participation and behavior. With a great emphasis on the development of social and collaborative skills, Leon van Gelder pays attention to the individual needs of each student through curriculum differentiation and the ability to do a variety of subjects at different levels of learning. This empathetic approach helps students to learn more about themselves, discover their strengths and work on their weaknesses. This way each student can develop into a motivated team player.
Niekée is an educational institution that recently is in transition from an innovative school to becoming a learning community where each student is guided in his or her individual persocialized curriculum. This new concept AGORA is made practical by technological developments, driven by curiosity and motivation of children to want to learn and comes with a great emphasis on the social and personal development of each child. This approach separates from the traditional concept of school and lets go of the idea of a curriculum completely. Niekée therefore provides a new and unique form of education, which helps students with the preparation, shaping and embracing all the challenges that will be encountered in the future.
UniC's educational philosophy is based on three core values: identity, belonging and autonomy. This vision translates into an educational practice that breaks with the traditional system, is formed by self-developed and digital educational materials and teaching offers multidisciplinary education domains. Personalized learning pathways and global citizenship projects bring in the outdoors and makes learning relevant and valuable. Because teachers also work in teams of teachers and by working in buddy circles, students are shaped to be excellent team players. As a core element in the educational mission of UniC, teamwork contributes greatly to the education of strong, critical and capable global citizens.
Passion and talent are the basis of learning at the Vathorst College. By encouraging students in those things where they are enthusiastic, they develop a growth mindset and they develop a lot of confidence. This school works with interdisciplinary curriculums in open learning areas instead of traditional classrooms plus students can take courses at different levels of education. Art and culture are interwoven with the curriculum and contribute to both the learning as the personal development of the students. Creating a stimulating learning environment in which involvement, confidence and mutual respect are key.
At United World College Maastricht the children are taught different than at other schools. Besides being prepared for the exams, they learn how to change the world. They educate with an emphasis on social encounters amongst students, with the community and in what manner they can bring about positive change. UWC Maastricht gained the international and unique concept form by providing a 'whole school'. The inspiring UWC education can be offered to a large group of students, aged 3 to 18 years. These children are embraced in a community where creativity and empathy are central to the curriculum and where durability and peace are the guidelines for educating caring global citizens