Our Compassionate Changemakers and Leadership Lab aims to develop responsible and compassionate members of our society using their leadership skills to help solving problems in their local and global communities. The students learn through experiences and apply their skills in innovative projects. Each year group follows a different curriculum on social-emotional learning, mindfulness, ATL and 21st century skills, decision-making and problem-solving. The students develop their leadership skills in civic and environmental projects.
We designed our programme for the CCLL through an ERASMUS+ project in conjunction with other international schools. The curricula are approved and recommended by the IBO and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an organisation committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning.
An important part of our leadership training consists of the Youth Mayors programme which is built on the premise of the book by Benjamin Barber, entitled: “If mayors ruled the world”. The main idea behind the book is that democracy would work better if it was done at the city level by mayors rather than at the national level by rulers of states. In an increasing focus on global education there is a strong need for localised action and services.
Too often, service projects do not meet the needs of the communities they are intended for, as there is a mismatch in understanding the system and the relevant stakeholders and the suggested action to solve the problems, often due to a lack of empathy and compassion. Social emotional skills, as well as research skills and project-management skills are essential for a successful result.
Our programme consists of the following curriculum for different year groups:
Social-emotional Learning (SEL)
The SEL programme consists of activities developing students’ self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
We use highly reputable best practice models such as “Mind up” and “Learning to breathe” as part of our mindfulness curriculum, according to which our students practice mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that helps children in calming themselves, focusing their attention, and interacting effectively with others, all critical skills for functioning well in school and in life (Amy Saltzman, M.D., director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, and director of Still Quiet Place).
ATL and 21st Century Skills
All students engage in activities that strengthen their ATL skills which vary depending on their year group, based on the IB approved ATL skill resources by Lance King. Additionally, these lessons involve sex education courses and career studies, also drug and alcohol abuse prevention programmes as well as units on mental health.
Erasmus+ Youth Mayors
The Youth Mayors programme is centred around the compassionate design thinking approach, requiring students to empathetically inquire into and collaboratively tackle problems in their local community. The students act as Young Mayors taking responsibility for their local environment. The skills acquired can then be applied on a more global level in the future. This is an advanced continuation of the IB-required Service as Action programme.
The Student Council leadership team shares and discusses their ideas with the school community in the Speakers’ Corner to get the student body’s input. The Speakers’ Corner is a place where students can discuss their ideas and have a voice in designing their school, where experts of all fields inspire our students through engaging presentations, workshops and talks, and where the student-led sharing assemblies take place.
Sustainability Action Lab
In the Sustainability Action Lab, students investigate ecological issues and find solutions to keep our environment sustainable. They study environmental problems and learn about biomimicry and sustainable fashion. All students enrolled in this programme develop their personal projects around a sustainability focus and use the Youth Mayors Field Guide to structure their research. More >>