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United World Colleges

We are committed to joining the UWC Movement

ISM is presently a UWC candidate school. This means we are currently going through a rigorous process in order to become the second UWC school on the African continent. UWC schools, colleges and programmes deliver a challenging and transformative educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.

In October 2017, ISM celebrated our 48th anniversary – we were so thrilled to receive this birthday video from UWC students around the world:

UWC was founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience was of the political conflict of the cold war era, offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding so that the students would act as champions of peace.

UWC remains committed to this goal today but has expanded its reach to embrace the tensions and conflicts that exist within as well as between societies.

At UWC, diversity extends to differences in socio-economic background, culture, race and religion as well as nationality. UWC students are united in their commitment to positive social action to build a more equitable and fairer world.

This fits well with the ISM Mission: ISM provides a world-class education through a challenging international curriculum in a dynamic environment. We are committed to developing balanced global citizens who are empowered to act responsibly in a complex world.