The American International School in Cyprus with its students of 53 nationalities celebrated the UN’s Universal Children’s Day on November 22 with a wide range of food and activities.
The day, which is organised by the Grade 11 and Grade 12 students, starts off with activities to promote concepts of community, collaboration, creativity and connection. Students are organised in multi-aged house groups and design, build, and participate in structured activities supported by the faculty for the first two hours of the day.
Next, the students participate in a world-café rich dialogue centering on the following essential question: To what extent does the international community uphold the rights to education documented in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child? Throughout the morning’s discussions, students and invited dignitaries provide insight and perspective. The discussions focus on the effects of refugees, gender and culture on education.
Working at each of the tables, the AISC students had the opportunity to hear the perspectives of the deputy chief of mission of the United States, Nathaniel Dean, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, Sofronis Clerides, professor of economics and chair of the economics department at the University of Cyprus, Nikolas Bakirtzis, associate professor and director of the doctoral programme in science and technology in cultural heritage at The Cyprus Institute, Nathalie Jaarsma, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Bernard Musyck, associate professor at the school of economic sciences and administration, Frederick University in Nicosia who were all invited dignitaries for the day.
AISC parents were also fully involved in the day’s events. The AISC parent community organised an international food festival for all members of the community. More than 25 countries were represented in the food fair, where parents brought in delicious homemade ethnic cuisine, wore their authentic and traditional clothes, and decorated their tables in the spirit of friendship, culture, connection and community.
The AISC students, staff and parents, enjoyed food from many countries, and in the process, strengthened their ties as a community showing their children international-mindedness and intercultural understanding each step of the way.