Caring Participation in the World: Waynflete Students as Global Citizens
The Waynflete mission includes Caring Participation in the World as a core value of the School. The realities of globalization are calling for a new kind of student preparedness - one that arises from an emphasis on service, empathy, human dignity and community engagement while acknowledging our shared destiny. As global citizens, we face an unprecedented confluence of dwindling natural resources and seemingly unlimited technology; creativity, a sense of personal agency and persistence will be required to problem solve complex global issues. Our own students’ willingness to seek understanding, to collaborate and to communicate across differences will be a critical factor in their ability to impact the world in positive ways.
At Waynflete, giving back by intentionally drawing on one’s own unique skills and gifts becomes a gateway to caring participation in the wider world and serves as a meaningful antidote to the often overwhelming complexity and scope of the pressing global situation. The supportive school culture allows for students to be curious and take risks to expand their comfort zone through engagement with the wider world, and authentic dialogue with peers, adults and community members from diverse backgrounds. By recognizing the inherent dignity of every person and cultivating the seeds of compassion for others, Waynflete students prepare to live purposefully in the world, seeking novel solutions to the dilemmas facing the global community.
Examples of Programming that prepares our students to be Global Leaders:
- Students Shoulder to Shoulder (summer courses in global citizenship)
- US Global Perspectives Activity
- US Current Events Group
- Girls Leadership Training Mentoring MS/US
- Model UN - US
- Waynflete in the World Alumni Speaker Series
- Maine Seeds of Peace Activity
- RAAW - Racial Awareness at Waynflete
- Sustainable Ocean Studies summer program
- Help Haiti
- Conflict Resolution Day
- World Peace Game Camp and Mentoring Program MS/US with Seeds of Peace
- Head Start Volunteering program
- Global Focus Week
- Recognizes the inherent dignity of every person and further recognizes that we are all in this together as global citizens facing complex planetary crises.
- Has experienced “Caring Participation in the World” first-hand through a service engagement each year of study.
- Can articulate the importance of seeing the world through multiple lenses and holds a respect and appreciation for the value of self, others, and the earth.
- Feels a sense of belonging and purpose in the community and is empowered to continue making a transformative difference in communities beyond Waynflete through a process of planning, action, and reflection—a hallmark of experiential education.