International education: a view from Poland

International education: a view from Poland

We continue our international education debate with this interview with Dr Terry Creissen, Principal of The British School in Warsaw, Poland, who points out the key aims of international education from an international school perspective.

We don’t teach our children things, we inspire them to be life-long learners."

Dr Terry Creissen, Principal of The British School, Warsaw

"International education means opening people's eyes to the opportunities that arise by working with different people from different cultures, ethnicities, different countries, different continents. It's all about making sure we can be as effective as we can to improve the facilities and the lives of our future citizens wherever they may live.", he says.

Dr Creissen stresses the global truth: the world has become a smaller place in terms of distance and time and soon we will all have to see ourselves as global citizens: "Part of the journey we take our students on is to make sure they understand they are part of the bigger economy rather than their own city, their own town, their own country. We make them see right across the globe."

Dr Creissen echoes Isabel Nisbet's views on developing culturally aware, compassionate, international citizens with a strong sense of service for others and ability to think for themselves.

"We don’t teach our children things, we inspire them to be life-long learners." This is Dr Creissen's vision for his school and his students.

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