Posted: July 21, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bern, Berne, education, Europe, International School, ISBerne, K-12, online education, private school, students, study abroad, Swiss school, Switzerland
Sarah Senanayake is an ISBerne Online student who opted to take advantage of the Study Abroad program in order to spend some time in a campus environment.
Posted: July 15, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bern, Berne, education, electric cars, Europe, International School, ISBerne, K-12, private school, students, Swiss school, Switzerland
Noah Lofthouse, a 5th grade student at ISBerne, researched electric cars for his end-of-year exhibition. In this video segment, he is interviewed by Ms. Deirdre Coghlan, Communication Coordinator at ISBerne.
Posted: April 30, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bern, Berne, education, Europe, International Baccalaureate, International School, ISBerne, K-12, K12, private school, students, Swiss school, Switzerland
A quick update on the ISBerne International Baccalaureate Programme
Posted: March 25, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bern, Berne, CAS, education, Europe, IB Diploma Programme, International Baccalaureate, International School, ISBerne, K-12, K12, Morocco, private school, students, Swiss school, Switzerland
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.
Posted: January 24, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bern, Berne, education, Europe, International Baccalaureate, International School, ISBerne, K-12, K12, Mary's Meals, private school, students, Swiss school, Switzerland
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.
Posted: November 27, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Homeless children, NGO, students
“He stood there playing the violin with an orange hat for collecting money. Standing in the streets with his fingers half frozen, the young lad continued his efforts to make small amounts money. Most of the people passed him by, without giving the slightest amount of attention to the poster he had lying at his side. Had they read it, they would see that the lad himself was not actually homeless, he was collecting money for kids elsewhere in the world who were.”
This was the scenario that many people saw in the centre of Bern on Wednesday, 20th November, when the 11th and 12th grade CAS students made their way into down-town Berne in order to raise funds and awareness for Terre des Hommes, an NGO that supports children’s rights. In a guise as street children themselves, they collected donations by busking and selling baked goods as part of a Switzerland-wide event involving thousands of school children in over 100 locations (Strassenkind für einen Tag).
“It was great playing on the streets, but the cold really made it nigh on impossible to play well. Eventually, I made CHF 12 for my efforts. I had also made some cupcakes the night before, and they were selling quite well! The money will go to helping children get an education and enter universities. Therefore, not only am I helping some kids fulfill their dreams, but I might also be doing the world a favour, as one of the kids could possibly make a great contribution to technology or science.”
– Matreya Ward (Grade 12)
The group as a whole was extremely successful, raising 1627.50CHF in the span of four hours! This money will go a long way towards helping exploited children around the world gain access to education.