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Our educational village: How EIS provides a holistic and empowering educational experience

Our educational village

At EIS, we proudly embrace the concept of being an Educational Village, a cornerstone of our mission statement and how we  nurture and empower students to thrive in a dynamic world. In this article, we delve into our commitment to holistic education, guided by the principles and practices of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Transdisciplinary Learning: Connecting Knowledge Silos

Our educational approach is transdisciplinary, fostering connections between different areas of knowledge and going beyond the boundaries of traditional academic subjects. By exploring real-world issues through themes such as "Who We Are" and "How We Express Ourselves," our students develop a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of knowledge.

Inquiry-Based Learning: Fostering Curiosity and Independence

Inquiry-based learning is at the heart of the PYP. We nurture curiosity, encouraging students to ask questions, investigate, and seek answers independently. Through guided inquiry, students develop critical thinking skills, research abilities, and a curiosity-driven mindset, actively participating in their education.

Effective communication and the development of language is paramount to our educational philosophy. We offer engaging language experiences, including literature, storytelling, and various communication activities. These activities provide students with opportunities to become skilled communicators and empathetic listeners.

Action-Oriented Education: Making a Difference

The PYP at EIS aims to not only impart knowledge, but to inspire action. Students are encouraged to translate their learning into action through initiatives such as organising fundraisers, participating in community service, and advocating for social justice. This fosters a sense of responsibility and empathy for others.

As an international school, we celebrate and embrace the diversity of our community. Our educational approach promotes intercultural understanding and respect. Collaborative projects, cultural celebrations, and exposure to global perspectives allow our students to develop a deep appreciation for different cultures and viewpoints, fostering global citizenship.

Facilitators of Learning: Teachers as Guides

Our teachers act as facilitators, guiding students on their educational journey. They create a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, inquiry, and reflection. This approach fosters a strong sense of community and teamwork. 

Preparing for a Complex World: Lifelong Learning and Global Thinking

The PYP at EIS offers a holistic and inquiry-based education that prepares students for a complex and interconnected world. Through transdisciplinary learning, inquiry-driven approaches, and a focus on action, our students become lifelong learners, global thinkers, and compassionate individuals. The Educational Village at EIS serves as a testament to our commitment to nurturing and empowering students to make a positive difference in the world.

Written by Ms Cristy Neves, PYP Coordinator