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 17 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.
Why UMOJA "Unlocked"?
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.
Which topics will be addressed during the third UMOJA Short Course?
The course will focus on exploring and fostering 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. More information on the program can be found on the Program page.
When and where is the UMOJA Short Course?
The course will be held virtually from August 08 - 30, 2020. Workshops will be mainly held Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am- 5pm GMT +3. During the week participants will engage with the content through individual and group work, with one mid-week check-in session accompanied by facilitators.
A virtual UWC Short Course? How will this work?
UMOJA Unlocked 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. Using various online platforms and resources, the course will include a series of workshops that deliver interactively the content of the course. In addition, the course structure will foster the creation of close bonds between the participants in smaller groups which "meet" weekly to tune in on the individual experiences of the participants. Mid-week individual and group work as well as check-in sessions will further create a feeling of community and accamponz the UWC experience of all participants.
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?
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.
Applications for the 2020 Fellowship are now OPEN. The application form can be found here. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2020.
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 2020 organizing team members can be found on our Team page.
How do I apply as a coordinator for UMOJA?
Coordinator recruitment is currently closed. Applications for the 2021 team will open in the beginning of 2021. Follow our Facebook page to be informed when applications open!
What language will the course be taught in?
The Short Course will be taught in English.
The course is stated as the UWC Short Course in Tanzania. What is the connection?
Due to the circumstances of Covid-19, this years UMOJA Short Course is held virtually. However, the course is part of the UWCEA community and will be held at their campuses in Moshi and/or Arusha again from 2021 if the situation permits.
Where can I follow course updates?