“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”
– Henry David Thoreau
The concept of internationalism has been a dream of the educators since the 2nd world war. This desire led to the formation of International Baccalaureate which wanted to give a broad framework of education experience without being prejudiced by culture, past history and political affiliation.
Internationalism means that the spirit and the bridge is built between countries. In the recent years the students travel all over the world for studies. In order to enrich their experience, we educators have to pause and reflect if we are truly enriching their experience, therefore, International-Mindedness plays a vital role. Educators have to develop a frame of mind to imbibe good values from other cultures and create a positive learning environment where students feel at ease no matter who they are and learn from each other.
Howard Gardner describes ‘declining ego-centrism’ as the basis of human development. Therein perhaps lies the most helpful way of considering what Inernational-Mindedness might be: a journey from ‘SELF’ to ‘OTHERS’. It helps students to develop a strong sense about themselves and the world. It opens and adds to their learning about their own culture and the culture of other students. If students from different nations work together, it will lead to world peace.
The desire to learn from each others experience and embrace other cultures will give rise to International-Mindedness.
– Agnes Benjamin
ICT Facilitator, International Centre for Excellence