Ashoka Changemakers is a global organizations that builds and cultivates a community of change leaders. Members collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide for the good of society. UWC RCN was selected last year as an Ashoka Changemaker School, and 19-20 September students Liva, Sara, Jordanella and Sona accompanied by Judit Dudas, Sustainability Team Leader, participated in the yearly seminar of Norwegian Changemaker Schools in Drammen. At the two-day seminar they met with students and educators from Nordahl Grieg High School and Drammen Young Invest to work on their common vision about the future of education. On the second day the schools had the opportunity to present and discuss their visions with entrepreneurs investing in education and Ashoka Fellows.
Changing our surroundings starts with change from within. People that in some ways are connected with the education system in Scandinavia were invited to take part in the discussion about how to improve our education. Participants got to practice empathy, leadership, creativity, teamwork and thoughtfulness, which Ashoka calls the changemaker skills. In the groupwork participants had to complete a task working together and listening to each other’s aspirations to identify strengths and explore the common goals. Central in the work was the Appreciative Inquiry (Al) business process, with components like Definition, Dream, Design and Realization. Two inspiring and motivating days with thought provoking discussions with a diverse group of like-minded people in the network.