29 Sep 2017
Don’t Just Be A Citizen… Be A Super Citizen
“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline” Koffi Annan
We are living in the age of ‘selfies’ and the ultimate promotion of self; it is therefore no wonder that many people are not aware of the world beyond their four walls. This is not the case at GEMS Cambridge International Nairobi. It is part of our mission to ensure that GEMS students are socially conscious and productive citizens.
Last Friday, we had the Super Citizen Assembly at the school auditorium. The assembly is held every month and is a celebration of students who are in pursuit of GEMS core values; to be not just great students but great people! On this day every month, we formally acknowledge students for their academic excellence and their non-scholarly abilities and qualities too. A great swimmer, an organised boarder, an enthusiastic dancer, a kind classmate, a punctual team member; on this day, the message is clear, it all matters!
Recognition of the students’ achievements and efforts, we believe, goes a long way to boosting their self-esteem. Developing a healthy sense of self worth is achieved when our students learn to care for themselves while also being mindful of the needs of others.
Just like the Oscars, the awardees are chosen by their peers. This peer to peer recognition format has created a culture of consciousness and appreciation of each other’s contribution to the GEMS community. It also motivates individual students to always give their best. Through their interactions as class mates, team mates and dorm mates, they learn to spot skills, qualities and traits in each other that uplift the GEMS community and the society at large.
As usual, the session was seasoned with delightful entertainment from various groups such as the GEMS Dance Company, BTEC Performing Arts students and the High School Band. Through such groups and clubs, students are continuously pursuing different interests and exploring their talents
At GEMS, we are nurturing competent, confident, conscious and caring citizens of the world. Our students are not just working for a first-rate future CV but on being remarkable human beings.
What a difference it would make if we took a minute to recognise the contributions and celebrate the achievements of our fellow citizens. Let’s borrow a leaf (or a gem) from the GEMS Nairobi community and not be citizens by mere virtue of residency in our respective communities.
Let us be Super Citizens!