28 Jul THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR INNOVATIVE LEARNING (GAIL)
Three years ago, Woodstock joined with seven other schools to create a unique partnership in international education. The Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL) is a consortium of schools that are geographically dispersed but share a common vision for school education in the 21st century.
All member schools are independent, not-for-profit, co-educational, and committed to fostering understanding, intimacy and authentic friendship across the Global Alliance network.
The Alliance is deliberately small – fostering deep conversations and meaningful interaction. Implicit in this is the belief that many of the larger and more formal organizations just don’t achieve this.
At the practical level, GAIL seeks to establish a framework that encourages student exchanges, staff exchanges and the opportunity to collaborate across community service projects in areas of need and also in creating intellectual property. It is when we rub shoulders and engage authentically with those from other countries, cultures and backgrounds that we truly learn and discover the common humanity that transcends our differences.
At the core, the eight schools espouse and practice similar principles and ideals of education. These have as their fundamental objective the full and individual development of every student into a whole person. Schools also commit to assist other member schools with areas of demonstrated strength, at the request of the individual school. These include participation in meetings between Principals and other key staff members, community service projects, student and teacher exchanges.
The eight schools in the Alliance are:
• Kristin School, Auckland, New Zealand
• Scotch College, Adelaide, Australia
• Prestige College, South Africa
• The Grange School, Santiago, Chile
• Western International School of Shanghai, China
• Kimball Union Academy, New Hampshire, USA
• Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen, Scotland
• Woodstock International School, Mussoorie, India
One of the primary objectives of GAIL is to enable students to connect, collaborate and learn from each other within the global network. Each year, a Student Convention is held at a host school – where students come together to address issues of global concern, build connections and friendships with like-minded individuals and broaden their understanding of our global community (each of the eight schools sends eight students and two members of staff). In 2014, the first GAIL Student Convention was hosted by Scotch College in Adelaide, Australia.
This year, Woodstock was the proud host of the second convention. Brilliantly planned and coordinated by Mr Mark Windsor, the event brought together talented young people from around the world to participate in a week long experience of community engagement, dialogue, personal exploration and cultural awareness.