On Monday, October 5th from 3-4 pm GMT (9-10 pm BKK time), a panel from UWC Thailand International School will present the school's expertise on "Mindfulness and its Role in Wellbeing in Schools". The presentation is part of World Education Week (WEW), the world's biggest education conference, enabling schools to share their learning and is expected to reach over 100,000 attendees from 5-9th October.
The 100 schools will join together to drive progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Quality Education (SDG 4) — designed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. UWC Thailand is the only school in Thailand to be amongst the Top 100 and has the honour of presenting first.
"Our goal is to raise great human beings who will use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and sustainability.
"Since UWC Thailand's founding in 2008, social-emotional learning and mindfulness has been one of our core pillars. The motto of the school —" Good Heart, Balanced Mind, Healthy Body"— is alive and well here, permeating every aspect of our programme," explains Jason McBride, UWC Thailand Head of School. "Our goal is to raise great human beings who will use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and sustainability. To create lasting change, children have first to know themselves to be able to know others and how to work with them for a better future."
Although the need for mindfulness education has come to the fore in many global conversations, UWC Thailand's experience embedding mindfulness across a Nursery to Grade 12 curriculum for over a decade is a case study on how to turn conversations into action. In sharing the school's three-part approach of "be mindful, teach mindfully, teach mindfulness", WEW conference attendees will learn about staff training, mindfulness and wellness integration into timetables, and building a mindful community of student and parent practitioners.
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The session will be moderated by McBride and led by Lucy Keller, Head of Mindfulness at UWC Thailand. Student, teacher and staff perspectives will also be shared through conversations with a diverse panel during the session. The key takeaways are:
This ground-breaking event is led by Vikas Pota, a globally-respected leader and driving force in the education, international development, philanthropy and technology sectors.
"By sharing how these schools have developed their expertise, we can encourage others to feel inspired to undertake the same journey to excellence.
In launching the event, Mr Pota said: "I am incredibly inspired by the schools that applied to take part in this year's World Education Week. Their commitment to improving the life chances of their learners by nurturing expertise and wanting to share their experience with others, especially in these challenging times, says a lot about the global education community.
"By sharing how these schools have developed their expertise, we can encourage others to feel inspired to undertake the same journey to excellence. That is a real and tangible way in which World Education Week can accelerate progress on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals".
The project was also welcomed by Jaime Saavedra, the Global Director for Education at the World Bank. "The sheer scale of educators around the globe combining to share expertise, excellence and wisdom in accelerating learning is hugely impressive," Saavedra said. "If all educators learn from the best educators of their countries and of the world, we would make immense progress in ensuring inclusive, equitable and quality education for all."
UWC Thailand (UWCT) joined the United World College movement in August 2016, a network of 18 schools and colleges with a shared mission to use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
We are currently Thailand’s only international school south of Bangkok that is fully authorised to offer three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. The IB encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. We are committed to developing the whole person through a holistic educational programme that encompasses academics, service, outdoor education, activities, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness. UWCT offers both day and boarding programmes.
Our community reflects the international-mindedness of both the IB and UWC movement: comprising 340 students representing more than 60 nationalities. UWCT is ideally situated in peaceful northern Phuket, nestled in the foothills of a beautiful national park; yet just a 10-minute drive from Phuket International Airport.