“Good schools, like good societies and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity.” -Deborah Meier
With a continued focus on globalization, workplace diversity is very quickly becoming a necessity where international companies and organizations are looking to hire individuals who have a strong cultural exposure. It stems from the belief that although diversity can sometimes be complex to manage, it tends to lead to more innovative decision and outcomes.
At CIS, we believe a school’s climate and culture has a strong and long-lasting impact on a student’s future success making it important for schools to reflect, acknowledge, and celebrate diversity. Although promoting diversity in the classroom is a goal shared by many institutions worldwide, being able to achieve this goal is often complex. As educators, we must help students understand that being different from each other can be a great way to learn new things and grow without losing one’s individuality. It is vital that educators and mentors are able to encourage students to share their different experiences, values and opinions. We believe that by teaching students to understand and embrace the various cultural values that exist, we can help bring about a sense of unitedness, tolerance and appreciation among students.
Creating an inclusive atmosphere in the classroom is a continuous process but one that is especially important because schools with a diverse student body can help prepare children for citizenship in a multicultural democracy. Focusing on establishing a classroom environment that is friendly, caring and supportive, allowing students to explore the relationship between curriculum personal and social experiences enhances long-term learning. Through this process students become equipped to recognize the many strengths and talents that diversity brings, gaining respect from their peers and educators while readying themselves to become truly global citizens.
CIS is a culturally-rich mosaic, serving each student by providing a world-class international education, nurturing potential, developing life-long skills, and preparing students for an ever-changing global community.