"Education is the most powerfull weapon you can use to change the world"
- Nelson Mandela
MaasMUN is honoured to introduce you to UWC Maastricht!
The MaasMUN team is incredibly grateful for the opportunities that our school has to offer. UWC inspires every one of us to make a change, persuades us that our voice matters, and encourage us to support change in striving towards a peaceful and sustainable future. Hereby, we are also very keen on empowering the youth worldwide, which MaasMUN allows us to do. We hope everyone attending MaasMUN is motivated and determined to work towards an empowering future for us and our next generations.
"The UWC movement makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future"
"Today, UWC has 17 schools and colleges on 4 continents, the majority of which focus exclusively on the 16-19 year-old age group: a time when young people’s energy and idealism can be guided towards empathy, responsibility and lifelong action. These colleges teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as their formal curriculum, a qualification that UWC played a major part in developing, while also emphasising the importance of experiential learning, community service and outdoor activities.
UWC’s educational concept was based on the ideas of German educationalist Kurt Hahn, one of the founding fathers of the UWC movement. Hahn believed that school should be a preparation for life, not just for university, and that education should help students to develop resilience and the ability to experience failure as well as success.
The founding of the UWC movement in 1962 was the culmination of Hahn’s thinking about education. Hahn was a pioneer in education, some of his earlier initiatives having included Salem School in Germany and Outward Bound. Then, in 1958, while attending a conference at the NATO Staff College, he was inspired by the cooperation he witnessed between former adversaries from World War II. He thought that if we could educate young people from around the world together, we could prevent future conflicts. From this belief in the power of education to change the world, the UWC movement was born, with a mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future."