UWC Day: A celebration of unity and a rallying call for change
The spirit of “Generation Greta" flows through the UWCSEA community every day, but much of this was especially witnessed at the UWC Day celebrations across both East and Dover on Friday, 20 September.
Themed 'Climate of Change' this year, UWC Day is a chance to honour and put into practice the values and mission that unite the UWC community around the world: of peace, sustainability, positive social change and a better world.
Through workshops, science experiments, a spot of community gardening, exhilarating performances and informative displays, the school came together to put into motion the values of sustainability which we expound daily.
Infant School students buddied up with High Schoolers to exchange stories of hope, what it means to be changemakers and activists. A Sustainability Fair was held at Dover, where students staged a powerful 'die-in' to call for the urgent action needed to tackle climate breakdown. On East, younger students painted messages of change on rocks and mindfully explored the green spaces around the school, and Environmental Stewardship learning areas, where their decorated rocks stayed to beautify our green spaces.
Through rousing speeches by students and staff, the UWCSEA community was encouraged to not only collectively continue these conversations beyond UWC Day, but to put our words into action in the fight to protect our environment and the communities who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate breakdown - women, communities of colour and low-income communities.
UWC Day is a once-a-year opportunity to unite and commemorate the work we do every day to build a better world. Here's to a stronger movement, a better world, and a sustainable and peaceful future - and to the future generations of UWC students and allies around the world who will make this happen alongside us.