What are the UWCs?
The UWC movement was launched at the height of the Cold War by Kurt Hahn, a German educator. While the world was consolidating into two isolated blocks divided by ideology, Hahn realized the way to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past was to bring young leaders from around the world together to learn from and about each other. He believed that if young people from across the world truly understood each other and learned to appreciate their cultural, religious, racial, and historical differences, it would lay the groundwork for a more peaceful world.
Today, UWC has 18 schools and colleges on 4 continents, all dedicated to making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
For more on the UWC movement and mission, see here.
What are UWC Short Courses?
UWC short courses are designed to bring the UWC education and mission to a wider audience. Think of them as shorter, more condensed versions of the UWC experience. UWC short courses are experiential and immersive experiences, bringing together young people from different backgrounds.
For more on the UWC Short Courses, see here.
Which topics will be addressed during the UMOJA Short Course?
The course aims to ignite your passion for change by Coming Together to Build Community. It is Crafted to craft young minds so as to join a thriving global and local network of change-makers, to learn, to explore, and to challenge your worldview. UMOJA will provide an open and challenging learning environment for a diverse group of youth, drawing on experiential teaching methods and engagements with community as well as nature, that empowers participants and endows them with unique skills to become change makers, building strong and sustainable communities. See more on the Program page.
When and where is the UMOJA Short Course?
The course will be held in the first weeks if July. Workshops will be mainly held for 10 days and participants will engage with the content through individual and group work in session organized by facilitators.
Who is eligible for the course?
Youth aged 16 to 20 from all over the world. Anyone who is eager to learn and help others is welcome to apply! We are especially looking for participants who are passionate about topics relating to community building, peace and leadership and who feel a sense of responsibility to improve their community and the world.
The course will be inspired by the UWC values, so we are looking for participants who are willing to explore and promote these, or similar, values.
How do I apply as a participant for UMOJA?
Applications openings are announced on the different social media platforms and the main website. To apply please fill out the application form also found on our Participant Application page. Keep in mind the said application deadlines.
When will I find out if I've been accepted?
Applications are being reviewed and acceptances are sent out on a rolling basis. We hope to have all participants informed of the results at least two weeks after the closing date for applications.
What is the Fellowship Program and how do I apply?
Further information on the fellowship Program and who is eligible to apply can be found here.
Who is running the Course?
The course will be facilitated by a diverse and professional team from around the world, some of whom are alumni of UWC schools or short courses themselves. In addition to academic expertise, they will also have on-the-ground experience working in the field. Additionally, leaders of local NGOs and other practitioners will be invited to share their expertise.
More information on the organizing team members can be found on our Team page.
How do I apply as a coordinator for UMOJA?
Applications for the team will open in the end of the year or beginning of the year, they are put up on the website as well as all the different social media platforms. .Follow our Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook page to be informed when applications open!
What language will the course be taught in?
The Short Course will be taught in English.
Where can I follow course updates?