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November 12, 2018

Rafto Prize 2018 – Adam Bodnar

November 12th, 2018|

45 of our students and 3 teachers attended this year’s Rafto Conference, which gave us an insight into the Human Rights situation in Europe with a particular focus on vulnerable groups, among them: women, refugees and LGBTI communities. We had a chance to learn about importance of the role of the civil society in addressing the issues often ignored or pushed to the side by governments. Marcia V.J. Kran, a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, stressed the importance of HR education, giving account to any individual case of the abuse of HR. All events over the Rafto weekend was as a great demonstration of Solidarity between the Norwegian and Polish People. As Adam Bodnar the recipient of the award said:

“I treat this award as the solidarity of citizens of the Human Rights City of Bergen not only with myself, but with all those who fight in Poland for freedom, human rights and rule of law: civil society, members of academia, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, and each and every member of the society who is concerned with the process of undemocratic changes.”

October 31, 2018

Arne Ophaug 26.10.1953 – 20.10.2018

October 31st, 2018|

It was with great sadness we received the news that Arne Ophaug had passed away after a period with cancer treatment. Many colleagues took a last farewell in the funeral at Fedje last Friday, the place where he grew up and where he and Maria now had a holiday residence. Arne had been in charge of our kitchen since we started in 1995 and from 1999 took over as Head of Services. Outside of term time, Arne was responsible for the operation of our Red Cross Summer camps for many years.  For his long and faithful service, he received a special invitation from Queen Sonja to a reception in the Palace gardens in 2016. He retired in the summer of 2017. Arne fed more than 2000 students and countless visitors. Colleagues remember him fondly for his humour and for leading by example. You could always count on Arne. Our thoughts go to Maria and the rest of the family.

Alumni Making an Impact

October 25th, 2018|

Recently, both Mark Wang (’98-’00) and David Sengeh (’04-’06) have been in the limelight with their mission related impact. Mark, now founder and Chair of UWC Changshu, was delighted to host King Harald and Queen Sonja at the College during the recent Norwegian state visit to China. It was Queen Sonja who had made a UWC scholarship to RCN possible in 1998, an opportunity that changed Mark’s life.

David has gone on from designing prosthetic for amputees at MIT to becoming the first Chief Innovation Officer in the government of Sierra Leone at the invitation of his President, Julius Maada Bio. In September David was one of the participants, and moderated a discussion between Bill Gates and President Bio, at the Goalkeepers 2018 event.

End of Leirskule Season

October 24th, 2018|

UWC Leirskule offers participants a chance to meet people from all over the world, join exciting outdoor activities and practice their English speaking skills. Each week a group of school children (age 11-14) from our region, comes for a week of activities. They get fully immersed in campus life, eat all meals in the kantina and stay on campus in the UWC Connect buildings. In the morning sessions, the outdoor staff lead activities such as canoeing, boat trips and outdoor kitchen. During the afternoon sessions, participants do activities like kayaking, climbing, Haugland adventure, low ropes, bush craft and archery. These sessions are led by UWC RCN students, supervised by staff members. In the evenings guests are able to use the pool facilities at Haugland. They are also treated to an evening of international activities and a party on the Thursday night to round off the week. At the end of the season; a huge thank you to all students and staff that facilitate Leirskule activities, this program could not run without you.