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October 21, 2019

A21 – Walk for Freedom

2019-10-27T13:11:08+00:00October 21st, 2019|

On Saturday, October 19th over 50 UWCRCN Students hosted a “Walk for Freedom” in our local town, Førde, which happened simultaneously in 450 other locations around the globe involving 70 million people. “It’s our way of telling the world that slavery still exists and that it will never be okay–not on our watch. Walk For Freedom is our global response to human trafficking–an outward expression of our inward desire to see slavery abolished everywhere, forever.” Our walk, together with a flash mob, aims at raising public awareness of modern slavery. We gave out hundreds of flyers with information including emergency contacts in and outside of Norway.

Our Mission doesn’t allow us to be just observers when other people lose their freedom and dignity. Our students publicly proclaimed the following:

“Slavery still exists in the 21st century. People like you and I bought and sold as commodities. People like you and I, in this city and in this nation. But you and I are here today. We refuse to just talk about injustice; to simply post about it. Instead, we’re here together in strength and numbers. We have the power to change the statistics. And we’re changing them right now. This is our Walk For Freedom. A walk for justice and human dignity. A walk for hope and restoration. From Australia to Ghana, India to Brazil. All over the world, we will abolish slavery with each step. Let’s never forget that we don’t just say it–we believe it. A world without slavery is possible. While human trafficking is destroying lives, we know that freedom will have the final word.”

Click here to see photos from the day

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In Memoriam – John Lawrenson

2019-10-09T08:49:49+00:00October 1st, 2019|

It is with sadness we have received the news that John Lawrenson passed away this morning.

John was our longest serving Rektor, in the period from 2002 to 2012. Together with his wife Nicky, he returned to the UK on retirement, where they have been living in the town of Stone.

John came to our College with vast experience in all parts of the UWC Education after many years of dedication at Atlantic College, in the last period as Deputy Rektor.

We got to know John as a warm educator, colleague and leader. He was passionate in his quest for the many forms of knowledge, which he readily shared.

John was reduced by illness during his last years. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Nicky.

A tribute here from Keith Clarke.

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Human Rights Education by the RAFTO Foundation

2019-10-02T09:26:14+00:00October 1st, 2019|

2009 Rafto Prize winner Malahat Nasibova with students

Theresa Aarhus, Vilde Mørch Hobæk and Lene Mortensen from RAFTO provided HR awareness training for our students on Monday September 30th. They visited Global Politics classes and offered two sessions:

  • Democracy Cake – analyzing all ingredients of democratic society
  • Responsibility Cards – looking into social and corporate responsibility for the Human Rights abuses in DRC associated with coltan mining for the production of mobile phones and computer batteries.

All our first-year students were involved in a “Democracy Role Play” that modelled life in a mysterious country where many citizens ended up in prison or disappeared, journalists couldn’t publish freely, lawyers and doctors couldn’t perform their job.

To everyone’s surprise, the mysterious country exists, and behind the characters they played were real people. They were then able to meet the hero of the “Role Play”: Malahat Nasibova  -Azerbaijani journalist, Human Right defender and 2009 RAFTO Prize recipient.

Malahat’s message to our Students was “never give up”, always focus on what people need, share information and continue the struggle.

For an album of photographs from the day, click here.

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Leonie Koning (RCN ’00 – present)

2019-10-01T09:54:18+00:00October 1st, 2019|

Leonie Koning has been the UWC Red Cross Nordic Admissions Coordinator for twenty years. In essence this means that she has played a central role in enabling 2,000 students to come to our College, from the total of 2,500 we’ve welcomed since the College opened.

She receives the annual nominations from National Committees from all over the world and, once nominated, students are approved by the Admissions Team at the College. It falls to Leonie to be the bearer of good news, writing letters – or these days, emails – to the accepted candidates confirming that they have been given a place. Receiving their excited emails in return, it’s not hard to understand why Leonie says, “I think I might have the best job at the College!” It sometimes happens, when Leonie bumps into RCN alumni, that they tell her that receiving the confirmation notification is still clear in their memories, a life-changing moment. After sending out the news of their acceptance, Leonie will follow-up by sending out information, helping students and their parents with practical questions, guiding those who need help through the visa application bureaucracy and, with the rest of the Admissions Team, physically getting them to the College.

She still loves her job, describing how fascinating and humbling it is to hear from young people on the verge of a major change in their lives. Some come from not so far away, and some come not really knowing where Norway is on the map. Some come from big cities and others from refugee camps, conflict zones and remote villages.

A few years ago Leonie’s house in Flekke burned down. As it was a wooden house, the fire raged through it quickly. Within a couple of hours everything she and her family owned was reduced to ashes. For anyone this would have been a traumatic experience, but Leonie says she was helped by remembering the difficult lives of students whose lives were transformed by that letter of acceptance. Reflecting on this strengthened the realization that most things are more important than possessions.

Wishing you many more years as Admissions Coordinator, Leonie.
Thank you from all colleagues and students – present and past.

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