DIVERSE, COMMITTED, MOTIVATED

The core of UWC’s education model: learning from and with each other.

Imagine students from 90 countries coming together at the same school, with different educational backgrounds and different ways and methods to learn. Speaking over 60 different languages, while the language in the classroom is English. Some arriving well equipped with good English language skills, others with none at all. How can this work?

The teachers and pedagogues working at UWC Robert Bosch College embrace this heterogeneity as a chance to encourage learning from one another and empowering students to become active agents in their own learning process and that of their peers.

 

The Academic Director Christian Bock explains the pedagogical concept of our school.

DIVERSITY AS CATALYST

UWC considers the heterogeneity of the students as an opportunity: individual autonomy in education is furthered when students themselves become teachers. Personal sense-making begins when young people start asking questions. A sense of community is shaped by a set of shared values – despite different backgrounds. Within their two years at UWC Robert Bosch College, the students study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, an internationally well-recognized degree. However, education at UWC is much more than the content and the values provided by the IB. Based on the ideas of UWC founder Kurt Hahn, holistic education is defined as being of transformative nature. By meeting young adults from all over the world and through the intercultural exchange, students at UWC are taught to become empathic towards others and to overcome personal crisis by means of reflection. This enables them to become conscious of and reflect on their own values and assumptions, but also those of others – a process that can effect change in basic ideas and actions.

Our curriculum
If we want to empower our students to create a sustainable future, we need to provide them with both information and inspiration. Information about the challenges our planet faces is important, students need to know what they are talking about, what kind of actions really make a difference, otherwise their actions become ineffective and tokenistic. But just as important as providing this information is providing inspiration – a love of nature, a positive experience of sustainable lifestyles, a sense that a better future is possible. Because hope is a stronger motivator than fear.

Tobi Kellner
Germany
Sustainability Coordinator

HOLISTIC EDUCATION IN PRACTICE

At UWC, academic learning is combined with experiences made through extracurricular activities. This type of holistic education supports a balanced development of human potential in an intellectual, emotional, asthetic, spiritual and physical regard.

Students’ creative skills, physical exercise and the way they deal with responsibility are specifically targeted by our CAS program (Creativity, Activity, Service). At UWC Robert Bosch College, we place a particular focus on the service aspect by fostering partnerships with local organizations or developing support projects on campus. Helping others, applying oneself to society and showing commitment are core ideas of our service program.

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PEDAGOGICAL CONCEPT

Within the context of the UWC values, guiding principles and educational model, the International Baccalaureate Diploma mission, learner profile and curriculum, as well as the requirements of Land Baden-Württemberg on German students for the fulfilment of “Schulpflicht”, UWC Robert Bosch College aims to develop a specific focus on sustainability including how sustainability can be supported through technology. Read more in the complete document.

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MAIN EMPHASIS: SUSTAINABILITY

 

Sustainability is the major focus of UWC Robert Bosch College and is integrated into the academic curriculum as a common theme. In the natural sciences, students analyze the connection between sustainability and technology, while Special Focus Days, CAS projects and subjects from a number of other groups look at the topic through different lenses. Moreover, the ‘green’ city of Freiburg is ideally suited to providing an inspiring and unique learning experience for students interested in and focusing on sustainability, environmental science and technology by offering a wide network of relevant partners, which inspire and enrich the work of our school.


Benefitting from the experiences of peers: a student from Benin speaks about flooding in her home town in the course of an ESS class.


Experimenting with solar panels at our polytunnel: the outdoor ‘lab’ was built by students during an Orientation Week and is used both for growing vegetables and conducting science experiments.


Once a year, all science classes participate in interdisciplinary projects for one week, with the main focus on renewable energies.


One of the College Jobs students are doing at UWC Robert Bosch College is calculating the ecological footprint of our school.  For this, a group collects and evaluates travel information from students and staff members for Project Weeks or holidays and present the results to the school community on a regular basis.


Our School Garden is an important learning ground for students: the process of maintaining a garden is a great way to showcase global processes, while teaching students basics in organic gardening.

Our Garden Pedagogue Eva-Maria Schüle introduces students into the life and work of bees. UWC Robert Bosch College has its own beehive, enabling us to make honey together with students and volunteers.



Spring Day at UWC Robert Bosch College has become a tradition. This seasonal day is a celebration of spring and the Indian color festival Holi, but also a way for us to get work done: this is students cleaning the stream flowing through our campus, in order to use it as a swimming pool in the summer.

Our physics teacher Richard Burt from Scotland knows how to get students interested in science and sustainability: this is him demonstrating a wind machine during the science project week.


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