Monthly Archives: May 2018

Hey, look at this!

2018-10-16T09:31:28+01:00May 22nd, 2018|

Intrepid explorers

The IB science project’s main purpose is for the students to experience teamwork and to investigate with the use of modern technology. This year we intended to deal with plastics on nearby sea-shores. This was supposed to be in alignment with the EU’s proclaimed war on plastics agenda and the clean-up with “On The Same Boat”- and as encouragement to understand why recycling plastics is necessary.

Surprisingly, and happily, after an examination of sea bays within one hour’s driving distance, almost no plastics were found! Some few weeks ago there was an organized dugnad (joint voluntary work) for  cleaning the bays of our coast. We were thoroughly impressed with their success – but it meant that the topic of the science project had to be changed at the last moment.

Getting serious

In a meeting the evening before the project, all hundred students were told to imagine and pretend that they were part of ten scientific teams traveling on space ships landing on the newly-discovered planet ‘Lammetun’ which is made up mostly of water, some rocks and which has tides due to the gravitational pull of a moon. The members of each team were to cooperate in investigating the features of the habitat, in naming all the alien creatures they could find, in attempting to classify them and in figuring out some patterns of distribution of those creatures

In the morning all students and members of the Science Department landed on planet Lammetun. The teams scattered over the small peninsula with its wonderful ocean view in the wind. The teams used various gadgets and tools for their investigations – including their own smartphones. Many immersed themselves (literally) among those creatures which were exposed during the low tide. Often there were cries of, “Hey look at this!” Some teams were extremely creative in giving names to the creatures and others in calculating the aspects of the slope and times of immersion. As a bonus, even some plastics hidden in bushes were cleaned up.

Jelena Belamaric

The Annual Pride March

2018-10-16T09:31:28+01:00May 9th, 2018|

If you happened to be driving to our campus last Sunday afternoon, you might have found yourself being a little confused – rightly so. The scene that car-drivers coming in our direction encountered was indeed very unusual. Around forty young people dressed in bright colours, faces painted with rainbows were walking on the hilly road to Flekke, holding signs with slogans like “Love is not a crime”, “Pride not prejudice” and “Love knows no gender”. Music blasting in the background, we pass by the farms on the side of the road, where sheep signal a nod of solidarity. Not something you would expect in rural Norway, right?

This year, the annual Pride March organised by UWCRCN’s “Gender and Sexuality Group” (GAS), took place on Sunday, May 6th. Despite the bad weather and upcoming exams, the turn out was record-breaking in the history of the event. Alongside students and staff-members, patients from the neighbouring Haugland Rehabilitation Centre and even guests from our neighboring town of Dale marched in solidarity for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

In Flekke, the hungry participants arrived to rainbow-sprinkle cookies and two pride-themed artistic performances by RCN students.

The amount of positive responses and the success of the whole event left our Gender and Sexuality group feeling extremely encouraged and inspired. With the aim of making GAS as inclusive as possible, the group will continue reaching out to a broader community beyond RCN. In the future, GAS also hopes to strengthen its collaboration with other UWCs. A starting point for this is the newly founded messenger group which enables direct communication between the leaders of LGBTQ+ groups at all 17 UWC schools and Colleges. An LGBTQ+ themed event which will be held across all UWCs next year is already in the planning stage!

Apart from Pride, this year there has been great cause for celebration for GAS. Our college passed a new gender diversity policy which ensures the protection of the rights of trans* members of the community and we successfully celebrated both Sexuality and Gender Week. GAS is almost entirely student-run, but our work is greatly supported and facilitated by both our supervising teacher Lisa Jokivirta and our Education Management Team.

Diversity comes in all shapes and forms. As part of the UWC mission of celebrating diversity, we invite you to join the dialogue: how can we best support LGBTQ+ students, teachers and allies at UWCs around the world? We thank you all for your interest, solidarity and support!

Written by UWCRCN GAS Leaders Annika (Germany) and Jack (UK)
Photos by Hana Le Cam and Otto Garli

Nikhita Winkler (RCN ’09 – ’11)

2018-11-21T11:22:19+01:00May 9th, 2018|

Experience, exposure to the world, and education
My career is being a dance professional, but dance is also my passion and, I strongly believe, my purpose in life. In Namibia, a very young country with a small population size of slightly over 2.4 million people, being a professional dancer is not easily understood or accepted as a possible career field. This is why I saw an opportunity to become a pioneer in what I do, and to influence my society’s perception of the relevance and value of arts education by being and demonstrating the change I’d like to see. Fortunately, Namibia has given me a blank canvas to explore new ideas, create opportunities, and in my ability, to find creative solutions to the current national issues; fulfilling my responsibility as a Namibian citizen.

I am the founder of the Nikhita Winkler Dance Theatre (NWDT), which trains dancers from the age of 4 years in contemporary, hip-hop and traditional dance. Under this programme is the Nikhita Winkler Dance Project (NWDP), a community outreach programme decentralizing quality dance education to children from underprivileged communities and providing them with scholarship opportunities to train in the NWDT. This scholarship programme is still in the process of finding sponsors for selected students who are very talented and have shown commitment to their dance training in the Project. I believe that I can change the lives of these children by making them feel worthy of quality education and teaching them the results of hard work, commitment, dreams and ambitions; exposing them to a different reality than they are used to and building in them confidence, self-love and worth.

I also work with women. I teach a class called DancN Heels, which aims to empower women through dance. Coming from a family of strong women, for years I thought it was a family curse that we are only women – until recently when I realized that we are a powerful kingdom of women. Most women in my family are leaders in society, occupying high corporate positions or they are self-employed, like myself. I am mentioning this because it has only been for the past year that I have become passionate to work with women. It became important to me to help empower other Namibian women, and dance has been an incredibly useful tool to build confidence and teach our women self-love and appreciation of their bodies; to embrace their femininity, womanhood and power.

I am who I am because of my experiences, exposure to the world, and education.

Growing up in a school like UWC RCN, where I shared my first year with four students from different countries and religious backgrounds, and my second year with another four, taught me important lessons about tolerance, respect and peaceful communication. It was during this privileged educational experience that I first witnessed the possibilities of peace between peoples and nations: my Israeli roommate and a Palestinian classmate joined together and created a space in which they shared their stories and educated the rest of us about the conflict that has destroyed and affected the lives of many of their loved ones. Their stories were important to us, because we were all family now, living together in an isolated village on the west coast of Norway. It was a safe space of compassionate learners, where young minds were shaping their perceptions of the world in a context of diversity.

RCN was a rebirthing experience for me because not only did I hear stories from my friends but it also showed me that I, too, have a story to tell. Those stories have influenced my beliefs, perceptions, and connection to the world. Building close connections and friendships at RCN made me more tolerant and accepting of difference and diversity. My education at RCN also taught me to challenge myself and what is perceived as truth. I broke down many walls during my two years as I worked to rebuild myself as the person I now I want to become. And now, I am fulfilling the UWC mission. A road travelled by few, but I continue to walk that road because it has taught me love, tolerance, and understanding. This road has revealed to me the power I have. I now invest that power in other children because I know how fortunate I have been to have had such rich experiences and opportunities.

Here is a documentary about Nikhita and her work:

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MoU – Continuing Cooperation

2018-05-04T11:24:52+01:00May 4th, 2018|

Our Nordic pillar receives invaluable support from national committees and selection contacts in all Nordic countries and autonomous regions.

To ensure that this mutually beneficial cooperation is kept up, we have created and signed, an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding). In the picture, Claus Reistrup, the Faroes and Thomas Urvas, Åland, with Rektor Richard Lamont and Council Chair Pär Stenbäck.