Mark Twain International SchoolINTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Mark Twain IS teachers, students and parents are able to draw confidently on a recognizable common educational framework, a consistent structure of aims and values and an overarching concept of how to develop international-mindedness.
Embracing the World
As IB World School, Mark Twain International School follows the criteria chosen to define a truly global education:
developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
building and reinforcing students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness
fostering students’ recognition and development of universal human values
equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking
With the development of a continuum of international education – the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme – it is intended that Mark Twain IS teachers, students and parents will be able to draw confidently on a recognizable common educational framework, a consistent structure of aims and values and an overarching concept of how to develop international-mindedness.
Mark Twain International SchoolSERVICE AND FOCUS ON THE WORLD AROUND US
As part of Mark Twain IS commitment to offering its students an all-round high-performing and supporting learning environment with focus on caring for others, open-mindedness and authentic communication, a high emphasis is put on engaging students of all programmes with charitable and service activities both in school and outside.
Internationally, Mark Twain IS high school students proudly take part in overseas UN conferences with focus on implementing sustainable development measures.
Such conferences are, for us, the focus point of generating and putting into practice local solutions for global problems related to the environment.
Year-round, in-school events and collaborations with charitable associations involve our students in experiences answering the needs of different communities.
The annual in-school charitable fairs with focus on gastronomy and arts and crafts empower our students to employ their creativity in offering a meaningful contribution and redistribute valuable resources to those in need. Winter, Spring and Summer fairs are an established tradition bringing together students of all ages, parents and teachers in a collaborative effort that give associations like “Ana si copiii” a hand in providing social assistance for misfortunate children.
Annual collaborations with national NGOs enable our students to take part in a collaborative effort to support out of school communities more directly as well.
Programmes such as “Zambetul din cutie”, “Each child deserves a gift”, with the help of partners like “Asociatia Sansa ta” and “Speranta TV”, take our students on journeys to more remote places of the country where they meet with children of modest material conditions.
Clothing, footwear, non-perishable food, personal hygiene items or toys are some of the goods donated, gathered, and personally or otherwise distributed in various regions.
Service experiences also take the form of supporting our non-speaking friends from the animal kingdom. Providing animal shelters like “Adapostul Speranta” with the food required was one of the students’ ideas demonstrating their awareness, caring side and desire to take action in areas deserving more attention.
A newly penned collaboration with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards further encourages learning outside the classroom, giving our students access to an even wider community of teenagers and young adults with the same set of international values, desire to engage “with the interests and challenges facing young people today” and to bring about meaningful chance to the world.
Whether as part of the CAS programme for DP students, or as noncurricular activities for MYP students, such actions aim to foster understanding, respect, social responsibility, and environment-awareness in every generation of our lifelong learning students.