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Critical Engagement

29/10/2019
Critical Engagement

A team of eight experienced Critical Engagement (CE) facilitators, who are also alumni from seven different UWC colleges, recently co-delivered a tailored two-day CE programme for first and second year students. This was the 10th year of Critical Engagement at UWC Atlantic.

Pioneered at UWC Atlantic in 2008, Critical Engagement aims to create bridges between the current UWC students, staff and graduates through critical thinking and personal engagement with the UWC mission and values. Through group reflections, role plays and sharing of personal experiences, participants explored their own sense of responsibility as individuals, as a community and as future UWC alumni. Students experience active listening, developing a deeper understanding of the perspectives of their peers and challenging their own and each others’ world views in a safe and stimulating space.

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

Additionally, and for the first time, six volunteer staff members received an intensive three-day CE Facilitator training to co-deliver the programme for students. Students, staff and CE facilitators agree that this co-facilitation model can become key to foster a stronger sense of community and more fruitful connections between students and staff. Also some of the experience-based learning methodologies that makes CE so impactful and valued can be incorporated into our new Changemaker Curriculum led by our Director of Learning Innovation Shaun McInerney.

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

Photo Credit: Runa Kolaczynska, Class of 2021

 

 
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