International schools have always been known to provide students with a diverse landscape for learning. Not only will your child be surrounded by students from all walks of life, but they will be able to learn about new perspectives and beliefs that will help them develop an open mind. These days, being open to ideas that used to be foreign to you is crucial in maintaining a civil conversation. We just cannot impose ourselves on other people, we must take the time to listen and analyse before engaging in discourse — and there is no better environment than an international school.
Moreover, international schools highly promote a holistic education, often creating their own system of learning which has garnered them awards and recognition. One of these schools is the Global Indian International School in Dubai and its award-winning holistic teaching methodology.
In this article, we will put a spotlight on their educational framework called ‘Nine Gems’ and explore how these can help students become well-rounded individuals.
Academic excellence, collaborative, and project-based learning:
Learning does not stop with pedagogy. Yes, it is important to know the theories and concepts that run the world, but that is nothing if synthesis, application, and critical thinking are not involved. At GIIS, they also give focus on an “understanding by design” type of learning wherein students collaborate with each other through project-based learning and cross-campus exchanges. It allows the students to share their knowledge with each other and discuss their analysis, disagreements, and new ideas borne from their own minds.
Sports, health, and fitness excellence:
The school does not just promote cerebral excellence, but athletic prowess as well. Students who have shown interest in honing their abilities in any sport are given the facilities and the coaching they need to improve their abilities. According to GIIS, improvement is measured qualitatively and quantitatively — and this allows students to advance their strengths and polish weaker areas. Athletes are also taught the most important value to have: sportsmanship.
Digital and visual arts:
It is important to develop an appreciation for art, in whatever medium it comes in. Films, books, paintings, and photos are just some of the ways people express themselves — and an inclination towards it helps promote learning of a different kind: through sympathy, empathy, and understanding of human emotion. Students of GIIS will be exposed to digital and visual arts and are given the guidance they need so they, too, can express their own creativity.
Personality development, speech, and drama:
Character development is also key in learning about jiving with other people, no matter how different their world-views are. Students will learn proper communication and social skills, confidence build-up and the importance of teamwork, and self-expression. For this reason, activities in the theatre and music field are explored in personality development.
Creativity, innovation, and problem-solving:
Creativity is not just confined in the arts and drama, it also helps in problem-solving. Students will be able to look at a complex problem and find new angles to approach it and think up new ways to come up with a solution. The Comprehensive Creativity Development Programme promotes innovative ways to problem-solving through a wide range of empirical and theoretical approaches.
Entrepreneurship and leadership development:
Since GIIS has given focus on effective communication, promoting creative problem-solving skills, and critical thinking, it is time for them to learn how to apply it. They can do this by taking on responsibilities and practising their leadership skills. The Leadership Lecture Series, the Student Council, and the Entrepreneurship Programme of GIIS helps students engage and innovate with others at a leadership level.
Universal values, ethics, and discipline:
GIIS does not just want to produce the smartest leaders, but also empathetic individuals. the Global Indian Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Universal Values teaches students about being good people based around the teaching of peaceful leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and others. The programme’s approach includes practising kindness, community welfare, mutual cultural respect, and the value of peace.
Community connection, care, and conserve:
But discussing community welfare is nothing if students are not given the opportunity to take part in community care initiatives. GIIS wants to produce socially responsible citizens by encouraging them to participate in activities that raise awareness about the environment and society at large.
Life skills, career, and vocational competencies:
The Global Centre for Education Excellence and the Action, Research, and Consultancy initiative want students to choose a life path that will bring them meaning, fulfilment, and satisfaction. Which means being able to differentiate between a career and a vocation, and the life skills needed for them to explore them.
These ‘Nine Gems’ will produce leaders of tomorrow who are socially responsible, creative, and empathetic — values and ideals that the world, right now, needs. See if this kind of educational framework works for you and your child and try to adapt it even when you are teaching them at home.