One of the parables in the Bible talks about a master who assigned the management of his assets to three of his servants. Two of them were able to double the investments they had been assigned to, but the third one, because of fear of loss, fell victim to what appears to be a “safe path” and as the story goes, lost all he was assigned to.
There are people who are like the two servants — making the best plans and outcomes out of their challenging situations, while some are like the third servant, who would just choose to do nothing and stay safe because they thought it is the best, if not, just the right thing to do with what they are entrusted to. Nowadays, a lot of people, including the young ones, are disposed to stay where they are with what they have. But in raising the next generation who will inherit the assets of the world in a few years, they should be empowered to trust themselves and recognize opportunities, not for self-benefits but for the greater welfare of others. Amidst the new age, it is about time to start tilting our children to the need for international mindedness.
What is international mindedness?
Kevin Kahiro Maina, a student at The Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, defines international mindedness as a ‘frame of mind,’ that enables and empowers individuals with the ability to perceive the world in a manner that disregards the ‘self’ and its prejudices while embracing a greater sense of the ‘other.’ Liina Baardsen, a curriculum manager, affirms that it is the ability to see an opportunity in every encounter to both share life with a unique individual and a fellow human being. Being internationally minded combines the desire for common humanity and respect by understanding the language and culture of others and engaging one’s self in a global setting.
Why become internationally minded?
For globalization. Other than a positive attitude, children should recognize opportunities to understand different perspectives and patterns, and make intelligent risks in a fast changing world. Preparing them to succeed in the future and contribute to a better world should be a top priority at present.
For shared accountability. It is good to teach the children that people are interdependently responsible for encounters and affairs across the world, regardless of the areas, people, and issues involved.
For self-advancement. The new generation of children is capable of discovering their full potentials with the unrestricted connections to all their minds can imagine and fulfill. When they learn to open their eyes to endless possibilities, there is a boundless discovery of progress and growth.
VCIS embraces International Mindedness
Victory Christian International School (VCIS) is an IB World School in Manila that cultivates international mindedness in its learning environment and provides its students with unique opportunities through partnerships with international organizations. It offers the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), a curriculum that focuses the profile of the students to global understanding and respect. Also, the school expands the student’s perspectives from local to international by offering immersion opportunities in Rohei, a Singapore-based training and development organization, and student exchange program periods in partnership with American Field Service (AFS), an international, volunteer-based, organization providing exposure to real-life intercultural learning.