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Intends to create and sustain the conditions that support community engagement, build technical skills and empower local citizens


One of the primary functions of Millennium Schools is to train the next generation of leaders. One of the most important steps for doing this is focusing more on fulfilling Millennium School’s civic mission. We make our students and faculty understand that civic engagement is an essential part of the learning experience, and not an optional extracurricular interest. This type of education isn’t important only because it makes the world a better place.

Civic engagement is important because it’s good learning. We align incentives to encourage a culture of civic engagement in our institution. But “not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted,” to quote a saying attributed to Albert Einstein. It’s about transformation and creating a well-rounded individual and you can’t put a number on that.We make our students learn to embrace the community that extends past the immediate campus neighborhood, and instead include people from across the globe. Most important, we have a collaborative and reciprocal, and focus on the needs of a community not as the institution defines it, but as the community itself defines its own needs.

We have widened our perception of civic engagement so that it includes a global community that has agency to identify its own wants and needs. We see this learning as a means of adding value to student development. In doing these things, we are transforming the role of civic engagement in our Institution. We highlight the importance of strengthening civic education as a way to closethe civic achievement gap and to be exposed to civic opportunities.

Millennium Schools believe in promoting youth engagement by providing civic opportunities for our students, enabling student voting and registration, including civic work as an institutional value,providing professional development opportunities for current teachers, partnering on community-based research and journalism, Serving as conveners of academic and non-academic resources and contributing to research and implementation of innovative youth civic engagement strategies. On the most direct level, we work to promote active citizenship and civic involvement throughout the student body and the rest of our academic community, and provide curricular and co-curricular opportunities for engagement.

Social Entrepreneurship is a key competence at Millennium Schools that is developed from an early age. As attitudes and cultural references take shape at an early age, this programme plays a major part in successfully addressing the entrepreneurial challenge. Our education programme therefore develops awareness of entrepreneurship from an early age. We introduce young students to entrepreneurship so that they develop their initiative and help them to be more creative and self-confident in whatever they undertake and to act in a socially responsible way. For this reason, we are devoting special attention to entrepreneurship training from primary school through to college, with a view to encouraging our young students to become the entrepreneurs of the future. However, the benefits of Millennium Schools entrepreneurship education are not limited to more start-ups. Entrepreneurship is a skill that is also useful in both personal and social aspects of everyday life.