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June 23, 2017

Give an Opportunity

June 23rd, 2017|

At the heart of the education we provide is deliberate diversity. In line with this, our fundraising priority is provision for support for a Foundation Year for those from conflict / refugee backgrounds who are unable to complete the IB programme in two years due to either disrupted learning or language difficulties.

Our target is to raise the annual cost of a Foundation Programme place which is 300,000 NOK per student per year.
The closing date for the appeal is 23rd August, 2017.

Born twice – Hari’s story.

Hari Bahadur Tamang

Hari Bahadur Tamang

Hari Bahadur Tamang says he was born twice. As soon as he was born, he faced challenges. From a small village in Chitwan in southern Nepal, he had 11 siblings, and his parents were poor, and could not look after all the children properly, so all of them were sent out to work at a very young age. Hari went to work as a dishwasher in a hotel 10 hours from his village. He was 7 years old. One day a bus he was traveling on was caught by a bomb blast, and 53 people lost their lives. Hari was one of the 71 people who survived.

After this traumatic experience Hari’s perspectives changed. He was lucky to be alive, and he knew it. He appreciated life and was fortunate to gain supporters – individuals and organisations who provided him with a small amount of financial relief and work opportunities in homes and on a farm. He went to school again, but when his mother passed away in 2007, he returned home to look after his father. Eventually, thanks to the support of a sponsor, Hari applied for a UWC scholarship, and with the assistance of the Nepalese National Committee he was accepted to the Survivors of Conflict programme at RCN – a programme which the College runs in tandem with the Red Cross and the Rehabilitation Centre on our campus.

Receiving an RCN scholarship filled Hari with hope and excitement. Finally, he thought, he could just focus on his education and take control of his future. However, coming to a new country and the RCN community brought new challenges. English was the most difficult problem of all. In the beginning, everything was hard, but gradually, Hari relaxed, and the friendly, supportive RCN environment brought out his natural friendliness and curiosity. He realized that RCN is not just about academics and started participating in activities such as Norwegian folk dancing and sports.

The Foundation Year Programme is making a huge difference in his life, he explains. He is getting familiar with the IB Programme, the UWC movement, the Red Cross and the RCN community. He is becoming more confident and feels he is receiving a great deal of moral support. He is building his foundation to tackle not only the IB, but also other challenges. With smaller class sizes and a special focus on developing both basic and academic English, he feels well supported and motivated. His language skills are going from strength to strength, and his days have become much easier.

“My life has been challenging, but these challenges have taught me to never give up, to have hope, ask for help, grab opportunities and work harder.”

Please support those who need this opportunity.

The UWC Davis Impact Challenge will match each contribution and thereby double it. Your participation is more important than the size of the donation.

   

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UWC RCN provides an education that serves peace. Students enter with inspiration and graduate empowered to make positive change in their own contexts. Many return to us to tell how their years in Flekke transformed them. Our supporters can tell you about the satisfaction of knowing they helped develop the kind of compassionate leaders the world needs. These donations help us work with others to shape a better future.

For more information about the Foundation Programme, click here.

To contact us please email: campaign2017@rcnuwc.no

Donations

June 22nd, 2017|

21st June, 2017

These are the current donations we have received.

Graduation Year Number of donors (NOK) Current Total (NOK) Largest amount (NOK)
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The First Aid team

Ladiba Said Nafe (’16 – ’19)

June 20th, 2017|

Ladiba Said is a UWCRCN student from Western Sahara who has joined the Foundation Programme, which will enable her to study at the College for three years. She grew up living in a refugee camp for Saharawis in the Algerian desert, where she always dreamt of a better education. She studied very hard at school and her desire to know more about life outside Algeria never ceased.

Ladiba is a curious, open, enthusiastic young woman who was very excited to learn that she could study English in her new school. She sees English as the global language of communication and connection and realizes that if she knows more English then she will be able to understand people from all around the world. In the beginning she did not understand much of what people said but now, after a period of immersion in an English-speaking environment, she feels that she is starting to improve and understand. She wants to smile at people, she wants to listen to different stories, she wants to be friendly to everyone; she wants to represent her country and bring Western Sahara closer to friends from around the world. In July she joined the RCN Summer Course to get used to her new environment and her English skills improved significantly during the Winter Break Programme, when friendships were made and deepened through the medium of her new language. Living in a small, supportive community gives Ladiba confidence, and she is using this new-found confidence and her rapidly expanding language skills to get to know people, to express what she has learnt and to practise what she has been taught.

When Ladiba was offered the chance to join the Foundation Programme, she was hesitant, as she thought 3 years would be too long. She confesses that she was only thinking about her feelings, not thinking about the reality of her life in the future. Ultimately she realized that the Foundation Year would be very good preparation for the IB Diploma Programme, which was a scary prospect. She is now happy to have more time to learn English, to construct a foundation so that she is ready for the IB next year. She feels grateful because she knows that the teachers are willing to support her a lot. “They make me strong,” she explains. She has become very active in extracurricular activities (EACs) and is glad that she has the opportunity to spend 3 years at the school. With a big smile on her face she adds, “If they allow me to stay for 5 years, I will do that!”

Written by Mai (Vietnam) and Angie

For profiles and news of other students and alumni, click here.

Angie and Edmund (’01 – ’17)

June 14th, 2017|

Here I am in an airport waiting for another plane to catch and my thoughts turn to my decision to grant Angie and Edmund a two year leave of absence from RCN.

As I look into the kaleidoscope of working together with these two, lots of images flash across my eyes:

Edmund emitting his unparalleled generosity of spirit from the office opposite my own; Angie walking at speed down the path outside my study window clutching a baking tray of delights for her students below; Edmund sitting in the sun on the bench outside my office window talking and, much more importantly, listening to the students and staff around him; Angie standing at the bus door of a minibus to welcome wholeheartedly visitors from our local mottaks; Edmund, behind the lens, capturing the magic of RCN; Angie knitting and listening in an Education Staff Meeting; Edmund exhibiting an unlikely knowledge of the social lives of Hollywood C-listers at staff quiz nights; Angie twirling around the dance floor at Gammaldans; Edmund sporting a vibrantly coloured kurta; Angie looking magnificent after a trip to the Hair Salon Vidal Edmundo; Edmund introducing students of all profiles to the wonders of Theory of Knowledge; Angie sitting cross legged in the Silent House with students on our Survivors of Conflict and Foundation programmes; both Angie and Edmund cresting the top of Jarstadheia on May Day in blazing sunshine.

Edmund is always there in the wings for me – with his ability to make me laugh, his gift of saying an encouraging word at an opportune moment, and his quiet stillness in the midst of my world of chaos.

Angie is also always there for me – fresh with a new idea as to how we can develop learning support at RCN or run a new project for our partners at the Mottaks.

As they have been there for me, I am most certain they have been there for generations of students and staff here at RCN.

It is always such a pleasure to read the testimonials they have drafted for their advisees – beautifully scripted and exhibiting a deep care and understanding of those in their charge.

A few weeks ago, Edmund kindly offered to give staff, on our of Koselig evenings at Sperrestova, an insight into his life as a Zen Buddhist monk for fourteen years – it was fascinating and myth-busting.

I had always liked to imagine that, for love, (double O) Edmund had lowered himself out of a tower window on knotted sheets to the rooftop of the monastery in the middle of the night, commando-crawled to the back wall of the cloister and then, timed to perfection, dropped into the moving open-topped car with Angie at the controls.

My imagination had clearly run away with me.

With full permission of the Abbot and the community, Edmund stepped beyond the monastery to start a new life with Angie. Indeed some monks were reported to be relieved that he was no longer in charge of recording educationally interesting and morally uplifting documentaries for communal watching on a Friday evening.

One of my absolute favourite images of Angie and Edmund is seeing them on the road to Flekke – walking in all seasons, hand in hand.

I am going to finish with some words of wisdom from Albert Schweitzer – a French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner – which for me capture what Angie and Edmund give to our community here at RCN:

‘Much that has become our own in gentleness, modesty, kindness, willingness to forgive, in veracity [truthfulness], loyalty, resignation under suffering, we owe to people in whom we have seen or experienced these virtues at work, sometimes in a great matter, sometimes in a small.’

As I said in the welcoming address at graduation, you have been role models of humility, integrity and compassion to us all – and you both, as individuals and as a partnership, have ‘lighted’ new flames within each of us.

We wish you some wonderful adventures and look forward to welcoming you back to RCN.

Richard D A Lamont
Rektor
6th June 2017