A quick update on the ISBerne International Baccalaureate Programme
The IB Diploma Programme includes the development of a personal commitment to life-long global citizenship. At ISBerne, all students, IB and non-IB, are required to complete the Service element of CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) in order to receive a diploma. Rather than looking at global service as an abstract academic discussion, the CAS Programme at ISBerne provides actual field experience in working with local projects in remote locations. In my long experience with NGOs, I’ve found that there are 2 kinds of people working there: those who sit in offices and discuss socio-economic problems in the theoretical…and those who go out and work in the field with the heat and bugs. 🙂
In this segment, students recount the experience of working at a school in Morocco.
ISBerne sends a proud congratulations to alumnus Atholl W. Macpherson on the publication of his essay, The Deterrence of Fascism in Switzerland. Atholl, who now attends King’s College, London, is a graduate of the International School of Berne where, during the academic year 2012/13, he wrote his IB Extended Essay on the subject of the failure of fascism in Switzerland. His essay has just been published in the spring edition of the academic publication, The Concord Review.
You may read his article here: http://tcr.org/ebook/TCR_24_3_Sp14.pdf
One of the things that I’ve often seen in my travels for NGOs in the developing world is children not being able to attend the local schools because the family can’t provide food for the child during the school day. Many people in the industrialized nations don’t realize that this is a major factor in the lack of education in impoverished communities. Mary’s Meals provides food on the school premises in areas where hunger prevents children from getting an education. As part of the IB tenet of global citizenship, ISBerne students and faculty are involved in a variety of global service projects. As someone who has seen poverty and the lack of access to basic education up close and on an international scale, I applaud the many efforts at ISBerne to better the human condition.
While editing this video of Chris Warren, a secondary school teacher at ISBerne, I felt compelled to concur with his observations of life in Switzerland’s capital city. If your family is considering living abroad, Berne is a premier location for an expat experience. An international center for business and diplomacy, Berne has old-world charm coupled with a contemporary and sophisticated city life. The selection of gourmet foods in just the average neighborhood grocery store is almost overwhelming. I have undertaken a great deal of international travel, and I find the transportation infrastructure here to be one of the finest that I’ve ever seen. Berne’s clean, safe trams and trains connect not only the city, but provide easy access to the rest of Europe as well.
One thing that struck me as I was walking around the downtown shops is how many places there are that sell outdoor gear. To live in Switzerland is to have access to mountains, forests, lakes, glaciers, and rivers that are as breathtaking as they are abundant and near-by. Iconic Swiss ski resorts are a short distance from the city.
Switzerland is also, of course, known for it’s prestigious private schools. If you are contemplating a career move to the area, we invite you to look at the International Baccalaureate diploma programme at the International School of Berne. To inquire about the world-class pre-K through 12th grade education at ISBerne, submit the inquiry form below:
The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme at ISBerne requires students to pursue a well-rounded education, including a significant art project in their senior year. For students who plan a career in a creative field, this also provides a good preparation for a university fine arts curriculum.