Today (29 March 2017), British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered Article 50, beginning the complicated official process of leaving the European Union.
As the UK embarks on a journey to separate itself from its closest neighbours in Europe, the importance of the mission of our College and the international UWC education movement becomes more acute than ever.
Our founder Kurt Hahn was a refugee who fled persecution in his home country, founding Atlantic College at the heart of the Cold War years to promote international understanding through education.
Since then, as the founding College of the United World College movement we’ve strove to make education a force for peace throughout the world and are proud to have helped create the International Baccalaureate.
Each year, our College of nations is home to over 350 students from more than 90 different countries, many of those in the EU, who live and study together at our St Donat’s Castle campus.
In a melting pot such as ours, the journey will be difficult but whatever the future holds, we at UWC Atlantic College will not abandon our founding ideals and commitment to international education. The UWC’s values may seem radical to some, but we know they are as important now as they have ever been.
Over the two years it is predicted to take for the UK to leave the EU since triggering Article 50, we’ll be releasing 50 Articles of our own.
These 50 articles will be take the form of thought-pieces, films and posts from students, staff, patrons and alumni of UWC Atlantic College.
Our goal is to ensure that everyone from UWC Atlantic College, our global movement and local community is given a chance to share views on Brexit and have their voices heard.
To start the conversation we’re sharing our first article here:
So stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages over the coming months as we bring you 50 quotes, videos and articles from our college that underscore what we are all about, how our community feels about the UK’s decision to leave the EU and how we can continue to work to make education a force for a united future. If you’d like to get involved, please contact us at:
Student Led Conference 1: 18-19 October 2019