A One World Centre school is an international boarding school where students from different walks of life and backgrounds are brought together to take part in an exciting progressive programme. It’s a multi-cultural life experience where common life is appreciated and highly valued.
In many ways it’s a sharing community, wrapped up in the shape of an international school where the students share studies, experiences and life in general.
With the multi-cultural environment at the school, activities like sports, outdoor activities, music, art and drama are always lively. It is likely that they will bring something new to learn for everyone who participates.
Living life together in a sharing community for the duration of the course has a lot of benefits. As a student you learn a lot about yourself, about being part of a team, about team building, about achieving high goals, and about conflict resolution at the practical level, where it really counts.
You will learn that in order to get something important done, you need to contribute with all that you have, and at the same time listen to your team mates and their ideas with an open mind, then find a way to agree on the best way to move forward for the common good.
Focusing on getting the job done is more important than focusing on who is right or wrong, or other personal agendas. As a student you will study, work and do tasks in a number of settings. you will alternate between working on your own, in smaller groups, or the whole team together. You will get involved with solving tasks of many different kinds; study tasks, practical tasks and social tasks like organising cultural events or looking out for people in your team who need your support.
Practical tasks vary, depending on which school you are at, but could involve tending the garden farm, renovating the kitchen, making the menus for next month, running the café or fixing the buses.
The headmaster, students and teachers join forces and use their common strengths to run the school together. They work together to cover all aspects of school life; for instance improving the menus, making sure everyone passes their exams, finding a solution for how to get the last visas for some African country, writing an informative newsletter or producing a high quality theatre play with a strong message.
There are regular common meetings where common issues are discussed, tasks distributed and decisions concerning the running of the school are made. The common meeting governs the school.
Running the school together 24/7 as a sharing community makes an excellent training ground for practical and organisational skills. It also makes you realise that you, as an individual, can achieve so many things that you didn’t think were possible, because you work together with your team mates to reach a common goal.
The schools have a slogan for this: “Alone the world changes you – Together we change the world”