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The UWCSEA learning programme provides a breadth of opportunity that enables learners to develop the skills and qualities of the UWCSEA profile. The profile is derived from our mission and supported by current research in education. Through the development of these skills and qualities, members of our community lead by example, embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better world. While each skill and quality is identified separately, they are interconnected and impact each other.


Commitment to care

Initiate actions and make a commitment to shaping a better world.

Related concepts: stewardship, caring, empathy, compassion, open-minded, service, sustainability

Aspects of demonstrating a commitment to care:

  • concern for the environment and a commitment to a sustainable future
  • concern for inequity and a commitment to social justice
  • value diversity and engage respectfully in an open-minded manner
  • sustain an empathetic and compassionate outlook


Act with integrity and respect for self and the dignity of others.

Related concepts: integrity, honesty, responsibility, respect, fairness

Aspects of being principled:

  • responsibility for personal actions and the resulting consequences
  • ethical and socially responsible behaviour
  • moral courage when confronting injustice
  • sense of fairness


Anticipate, persevere and confront challenge.

Related concepts: optimism, confidence, courage, diligence, perseverance

Aspects of being resilient:

  • optimistic and confident attitude when faced with challenge
  • courage in unfamiliar situations
  • persevere by viewing obstacles as opportunities to learn
  • work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities


Develop intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.

Related concepts: self-discipline, self-esteem, self-confidence, reflection, balance, contentment

Aspects of being self-aware:

  • responsibility for being active and healthy
  • recognise, reflect and regulate feelings to manage emotions effectively
  • realistically reflect to make informed decisions
  • celebrate the strengths and achievements of self and others


Critical thinker

Reason in an informed and fair-minded manner.

Related concepts: inquiry, questioning, connection, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, problem solving

Aspects of critical thinking:

  • identify, explore and ask relevant questions
  • gather, organise and process information from different perspectives
  • analyse, synthesise and evaluate information to develop an informed and ethical approach or solution
  • reflect upon experiences and new understanding to inform future thinking


Imagine and generate new possibilities or alternatives.

Related concepts: originality, imagination, curiosity, adaptability, connection, innovation, improvisation, risk-taking

Aspects of being creative:

  • connect ideas and experiences in innovative ways
  • adapt and explore ideas as circumstances change
  • think creatively and act on ideas to produce original works


Participate collaboratively in diverse settings.

Related concepts: cooperation, participation, leadership, flexibility, adaptability, responsibility, trust

Aspects of being collaborative:

  • assume shared responsibility
  • value individual contributions
  • resolve issues and build consensus on diverse teams
  • demonstrate flexibility and adaptability
  • lead by influence rather than authority
  • build and sustain effective networks using appropriate tools


Communicate effectively according to audience and purpose.

Related concepts: communication, interpretation, perspective, intent

Aspects of being a communicator:

  • listen and read to understand perspective, emotion and/or meaning of the context or audience
  • articulate thoughts and ideas effectively in a variety of forms and contexts
  • make informed choices about medium and content according to audience and purpose


Take responsibility for directing one's learning.

Related concepts: metacognition, independence, perseverance, diligence, organisation, responsibility

Aspects of being a self-manager:

  • use metacognitive skills to define learning goals, monitor progress, reflect and adjust their approach to improve learning
  • independently and safely work towards a goal without direct oversight
  • organise and manage time and resources



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