UWC Red Cross Nordic
|UWC Red Cross Nordic|
Classroom Buildings at UWCRCN
Sogn og Fjordane
|Patron saint(s)||Queen Sonja of Norway|
|Grades||IB 1 & 2|
|Number of students||200|
|Affiliation||United World Colleges|
The school UWC Red Cross Nordic (UWCRCN), formerly known as Red Cross Nordic United World College, was founded in 1995 and is the ninth member of the today 15 United World Colleges, others having been established in Wales, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Singapore, Swaziland, United States, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Armenia and China. Patrons of the college and the movement include Nelson Mandela, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan and Queen Sonja of Norway. The first college, UWC Atlantic College, was established by the German educationalist Kurt Hahn to promote international understanding and peace. Students are selected by UWC National Committees or selection contacts in over 140 countries on merit and many receive full scholarships. After the two-year education following the guidelines of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program students usually go on to higher education. UWC students are eligible to participate in the Shelby Davis Scholarship program, which funds undergraduate studies (based on need) for UWC students at many US universities.
Location and facilities
UWCRCN is located on the remote shores of Flekke in the community of Fjaler, Sogn og Fjordane County, Western Coastal, Norway at approximately . The college enrolls 200 students aged 16 to 20 from more than 80 different nations, including teenagers from SOS Children's Villages and refugees. The college not only focuses on academics, but also seeks to find a balance between studies, community services and activities. It lies alongside the Red Cross Haugland Rehabilitation Centre. The two institutions work closely together and share many facilities. The college has become a reality through the cooperative efforts of many organizations including the Norwegian National Committee of UWC, the Norwegian Red Cross and the host municipality of Fjaler. UWC Red Cross Nordic was set up with support from all Nordic countries, which provide the funding for the yearly running of it. In addition private sponsors have supported the building program.
Activities offered at the college include climbing, kayaking and hiking, debating, environmental groups and musical activities. The college also raises political awareness through weekly presentations on political issues which are open to the whole college and the surrounding community. Further, the college participates in aid projects and works very closely together with the local and national Red Cross. Many staff members and all students offer a range of activities to youngsters from many Norwegian schools during one week courses in spring, summer and autumn. This is organized through the college Leirskule (Camp School) program which is led by staff with the additional support of EVS volunteers.
The aim of UWC is to use education as a force to unite peoples, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC Red Cross Nordic, with a special emphasis on Nordic, environmental and humanitarian concerns, brings highly motivated young students from all parts of the world so they can live and learn together. The college's objective is to help students become active, involved and educated citizens whose attitudes towards understanding and service will be a powerful catalyst for change. Through these students, who are selected on merit as representatives of their countries, UWCRCN hopes to influence their wider communities to become more understanding, compassionate and peaceful. The international UWC organization aims "to create a better and more tolerant world.”