Coming Together to Build Community
Online UWC Short Course
The global outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted UWC Short Courses. While we had planned to be convening at UWC East Africa in July for the 2020 edition of UMOJA, we have had to take a leap and move this year's Short Course online for the first time with the aim of providing an opportunity for young people to unlock their own potential - and that of the world around them - during this lockdown period.
UMOJA Unlocked will be held virtually from 8 August to 30 August 2020. The Short Course will allow 15 participants aged 16 to 20 to become global and local actors, while building a diverse community of change makers, exploring their own identity, and reflecting upon their understanding of the world..
UMOJA will allow participants to explore and foster an understanding of the multiple, complex identities within a community by focusing on themes such as power and privilege. UMOJA will place emphasis on participants accumulating tools and resources to act as change makers in a sustainable manner, while accompanying them in identifying their own impact-generating projects.
The Short Course will follow the United World College’s model of experiential learning. It will thus be centred around innovative digital workshops, interactive learning, and an element of community engagement. The Course will equip participants to think critically, engage globally and become leaders in their own community.
UWC runs Short Courses and summer programs to bring a UWC education and the UWC mission to a wider audience. Courses are typically organised by UWC schools and colleges, national committees, groups of alumni or partner organisations. Every short course is different, but they are usually residential and take place over one to three weeks.
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By letting the participants guide the experience, we will ensure a productive experience for all those involved. Without any other UWC colleges or short courses in East Africa, the Course will provide a unique perspective and promote UWC values. The Course will enable participants to continue to engage critically long after it has ended.
The UMOJA Short Course is traditionally held at UWC East Africa (UWCEA) which recently joined the UWC Movement in officially becoming the 18th United World College. UWCEA is now the second United World College in Africa, in addition to Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa.
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