Looking forward to 2017
by Jane Larsson, Executive Director, Council of International Schools
“I trust CIS.” This is the most meaningful feedback I received in 2016 on our work in the international community. As I reflect on the year past and our plans for 2017, I want you to know that you can count on us to continue to devote our time and efforts to issues that matter, issues that reach beyond our international school community, issues that require comprehensive education and action among young people…and adults.
Child protection issues continue to surface around the world as people gain the courage to speak out. Our role as educators could not be more important. And so, at CIS, we pledge our continued leadership to train our school communities, working collaboratively with our partners, dedicated experts from the law enforcement and medical professions to reach as many of you as possible.
At our core is our collective responsibility to prepare students for their places in the world. With global citizenship the center of everything we do at CIS, a second statement made a huge impact on me this year - one from a new governmental leader, Theresa May, Prime Minister of the UK. Responding to the debate on Brexit, she said, “…if you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.”
How do we in the international community respond to such a statement? How do we talk to our students about it? Our governmental leaders need our counsel and perspective. What if every national leader had an international education? This is a goal we can all work to achieve. A closed door approach to living is not viable in our world today. Indeed, the complexities and challenges presented by the very meaning of global citizenship will continue to be our focus, as we spread out across the world, to guide and support you and your communities in 2017.
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