Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme (DP). It is one of the three essential elements in your DP experience. It involves the student in a range of experiences alongside academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme.
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular experiences, are characterized as follows.
Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretiveproduct or performance.
Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.
Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.
CAS enables the student to enhance his/her personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme. A good CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable, a personal journey of self‑discovery. The starting point is for each student different and therefore he/she will have different goals and needs, but the CAS activities will have experiences that are profound and life‑changing.
Social Entrepreneurship at UWC Maastricht
At UWC Maastricht we are committed to fostering social entrepreneurship among our students and staff. In previous years we have offered short courses with the aim of training small groups of interested students in the tools and attitudes needed to start projects and make them sustainable.
Moving towards equipping all our students and future alumni with the right skillset has been one of the reasons to launch a Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) Programme for all first year students of the IB Diploma Programme in September 2015.
Staff have been specifically trained to deliver YSE as facilitators, guiding a process of discovery of new concepts and fostering initiatives. External consultants have been key in contributing to the programme.
UWC Maastricht is also networking with social entrepreneurs and experts in social economy in the Limburg region, other parts of The Netherlands and Belgium.
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Making social entrepreneurship an intentional part of our experiential education will allow for more interaction with the local community and a better understanding among our students and staff of the particularities of Maastricht, as students will identify local problems and design specific solutions in the form of social entrepreneurial projects.
On Friday 22 April, 10 projects will be pitched by the finalist teams at UWC Maastricht’s Community Panel.
In the same spirit, the UWCM Hub is a weekly space/time for our final year students (DP2s) to continue working on projects which they started or developed last year, sharing with other students, staff and other experts. These students are currently working on a project to bring UWC Maastricht closer to the local population and for our students to facilitate more opportunities for dialogue and events for the city.
As part of our UWC IMPACT Series we also often invite social entrepreneurs who are UWC alumni. See below.
UWC IMPACT Series
UWC Maastricht inaugurated its the UWC IMPACT Series in April 2015, as an opportunity to engage with, and learn from, UWC alumni from around the globe who are active citizens in their communities. Whether as educators, scientists, artists, journalists, lawyers, doctors, designers, business people, diplomats, etc. these UWC alumni share with our community how they live the UWC mission and contribute positively to create awareness, inform change, build partnerships and innovate to make our world a better place.
Our students and staff are inspired by the IMPACT UWC Alumni are having through their professional activities, volunteer actions, social entrepreneurship projects, social activism and campaigning or/and mentoring of other people and ideas.
These two hour sessions take place once per month and the audience is encouraged to get involved in the questions and debate that follow the presentations.
Our alumni department tries to ensure a diversity of fields of expertise, nationalities and UWC Colleges among other considerations when selecting our guest speakers.
If you are interested in presenting at UWC Maastricht, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentations to date have included:
- Mario Konyen Joseph, UWC Mahindra College’00: The challenge of applying UWC ideals beyond the campus and in a post-conflict & isolating context: the case of South Sudan.
- Rebecca Warren, UWC Atlantic College’97: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" If Nelson Mandela was right, what might this mean in practical reality and how could you get involved?
- Lorena Silvestri, UWC Adriatic’03: How UWC values and Social Entrepreneurship can make for a happy and meaningful life.
- Mette Kim Bohnstedt, UWC Red Cross Nordic’05 and Jacob Lennheden and Dick Muyambi, UWC Red Cross Nordic’07: Igniting Social Entrepreneurship.
- Ariane Cantwell-Corn, UWC Atlantic College’05 and Adam Cantwell-Corn, UWC Atlantic College’08: Taking Bristol by Storm.
- Khristian Méndez, UWC Mahindra College’11: The Floor is Yours: Theatre and the United Nations.
- María Isabel León, UWC-USA’87: Education & Leadership.
A project week, an integral part of the UWC experience, contributes to students’ personal development and gives them a chance to test their skills and knowledge also outside the classroom. All DP1 students design, plan and carry out a local project week focused on providing service to the local communities of Maastricht. In order to successfully complete the CAS component of the IB diploma programme, all DP1 students are expected to participate in the local project week in the final week of June. Moreover, all DP students are encouraged to organize a European optional project week during their study breaks. These optional project weeks can focus on service as well as creativity, action and exploration in general. Additionally, mainly during the summer holidays, students have an opportunity to carry out a home country service project to provide, either individually or in a group, a service to their home country community.
The community time is designed to strengthen the ties within the student body but also between staff and students. It is scheduled for each Monday afternoon, 15:45 – 17:00, and can be used for a variety of events. For example, Global Café gives the community space and time to come together and discuss world issues such as poverty or climate change in small focus groups consisting of both staff and students. Student Forum is a panel debate, which allows students to directly address questions to either the leadership team, facility manager, Head of Year or Head of Residential Life depending on the discussed topic. The Community time is also used by the Student council for meetings with their peers while there are workshops and trainings organized for the staff.