How Our Summer School Works
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We operate short summer schools upon the invitation of a host university. These courses last between three days and two weeks, although this can be adapted.
The students spend four to six hours per day in a classroom of no more than 25 students and are then given up to two hours of homework each night. This capped classroom size allows for time and space for personal feedback. Each student receives a custom-made textbook that includes all readings for the course. They are also supplied with writing material (pen and notebook).
Our courses consist of several modules and cover those subjects that we feel will be most valuable to the country in which we are setting the project up. We are subject-agnostic and skills-focused. We do not focus on any one area but all courses must be able to be taught within two weeks. We work closely with the host institution to develop a program that suits and benefits their students. Our course offering has included: Law, Global Politics, International Political Economy, Geography, African Politics, Design Thinking, Global Finance, Community Health, Model United Nations, Climate Change, Civil Society, etc.
During the course, discussion groups are formed and group work is presented. This helps improve many of the core skills we want to convey to our students: team-work, confidence-building, critical thinking and presentation skills. This culminates in a mock United Nations, where students express their own ideas based on research and present a final project.
Instead we try to create a forum for discussions, where there is space for different value systems and where we can help our students learn how to think critically through discussion and debate. We recruit our volunteers from a wide variety of different backgrounds, cultures and educational systems to facilitate this. This year, volunteers came from Canada, South Africa, UK, Switzerland and the Philippines and all held degrees from top UK and Canadian universities.