From left to right the Ribeiro sisters: Mikayla, Elizabeth and Sarah.
WILLEMSTAD–International School of Curaçao (ISC) student Sarah Ribeiro recently won the competition to earn a full scholarship of the United World Colleges (UWC), a global movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The organization has 17 establishments around the world. Ribeiro will be following her studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is the third child of the same family in Curaçao to win this international competition. The same was done five years ago by her eldest sister Mikayla who did her studies in Maastricht, the Netherlands and two years ago by her other sister Elizabeth, who did her studies in India.
The current UWC president is Queen Noor of Jordan (1995-present), a role she shared with former South African President Nelson Mandela until his death in December 2013. Former UWC presidents have included Lord Mountbatten (1967-1978) and Prince Charles (1978-1995).
United World Colleges was founded in 1962 when Atlantic College in south Wales, UK admitted its first students. At a time when the Cold War was at its height, the aim was to bring together young people from different nations to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding.
UWC’s educational concept was based on the ideas of German educationalist Kurt Hahn, one of the founding fathers of the UWC movement. Hahn believed that school should be a preparation for life, not just for university, and that education should help students to develop resilience and the ability to experience failure as well as success.
The founding of the UWC movement in 1962 was the culmination of Hahn’s thinking about education. Hahn was a pioneer in education, some of his earlier initiatives having included Salem School in Germany and Outward Bound.
Then, in 1958, while attending a conference at the NATO Staff College, he was inspired by the cooperation he witnessed between former adversaries from World War II. He thought that if we could educate young people from around the world together, we could prevent future conflicts.
From this belief in the power of education to change the world, the UWC movement was born, with a mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
Since then UWC has been firmly committed to providing students with a challenging and transformational education experience to inspire them to become agents of positive change, and to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68556-ribeiro-won-scholarship-united-world-colleges