How do we foster open-mindedness at IST?

As an international school community with over 30 nationalities, we educate our students to become open-minded global citizens. Global citizens view themselves as people whose identity is not limited by where they live and where they are from. They also believe to have a shared responsibility to the global community and actively aim to contribute to the mutual wellbeing and understanding of each other’s cultures. For our students this skill set and perspective is increasingly more important in order to be successful in the globalizing job market as well.

Raising cultural awareness is therefore one of the key elements of our education. To make this tangible for our community, we organise fun and educational activities throughout the year. Our Dutch culture program consists of celebrating and learning about all major Dutch celebrations. But we also look at world via the other languages we teach: English, German and Spanish. For example the celebration of “Dias de los muertos” and Thanksgiving. Our traditional New Year’s event is als an example of how we aim to broaden the cultural horizons of our students. During this event we incorporate the new year traditions of all of the community members by bringing food and games.