In an article for the International Baccalaureate Community Blog, Dr. Chris Muller describes international-mindedness as…
a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility to its members. It is an awareness of the inter-relatedness of all nations and peoples, and a recognition of the complexity of these relationships. Internationally-minded people appreciate and value the diversity of cultures in the world and make an effort to learn more about them. They exhibit personal concern for people all around the world, and this manifests itself in a sense of moral responsibility to other people, and a commitment to the values of a community. They are aware of the long-term consequences of human behaviour on the environment and on global society.
We promote international-mindedness at our school by striving to live our Mission, Vision, Values and Beliefs. Statements from our Guiding Statements include:
- We are principled, respectful global citizens.
- We effect positive change in our relationships, our community, and the environment.
- We are open-minded to the views, cultures, values and traditions of others.
Our guiding statements are regularly shared, discussed and used to help make important decisions. International-mindedness is embedded into the curriculum and the culture of our school.
Community events are also an important way for members of our learning community to come together and appreciate our culture and diversity. The International Food Fair this month was a wonderful example this. We had a fantastic afternoon getting to know each other better while enjoying some delicious food and some great cultural performance.