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Dunia: UNITED WORLDWIDE – A global voice for UWC

By Aryan Sahai, Grade 12 student, East Campus
United Worldwide Magazine

To truly bring the mission to, “make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”, United Worldwide is a student-led solution – bringing together all UWC students from around the world.

United Worldwide is an online magazine that captures the essence of what it means to be a student of the United World College movement. Spanning all the UWCs, United Worldwide is a common platform and was created by East Campus student Aryan Sahai as an avenue to truly unite the 18 schools and colleges in the UWC movement. The publication has gone on to offer internship opportunities among students of UWC from all over the world. United Worldwide’s global audience consists of students, teachers, parents, alumni and a range of people beyond the immediate UWC community as well. The goal is to share stories that may remain otherwise untold. Here, the founder shares the magazine’s origin story:

The plethora of students arriving at my school each morning carry within them countless untold stories and I realise each day how fortunate I am to be able to meet these people who vary in race, culture, colour, background, beliefs, and experiences. I also realise that there are 18 other UWC campuses hosting over thousands of students with millions of stories that may never be heard.

In pursuit of finding these stories and sharing them with as many people as possible, I decided to create an online UWC magazine, United Worldwide, featuring student-written and personal articles that reflect what it means to be a UWC student. In order to truly realise our mission of “making education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”, we need to first be united amongst ourselves.

UWCSEA East Aryan Sahai United Worldwide

I started by looking for contacts on each of the UWC websites, and social media platforms such as Google and LinkedIn. The first campus to reply was UWC East Africa’s Arusha Campus, and I connected with passionate writers who wanted to be part of this initiative. To be able to meet peers who showed interest in this global initiative was so heartwarming; their welcoming smiles and polite greetings made me realise that there is a whole world unexplored, filled with kindness and unique people.

Scrolling through my social media I saw that one UWC had gone live on Instagram and I was able to find more connections through the school’s page. I was overwhelmed with the warm reception I received, despite being a stranger emerging from nowhere, all because I am a part of the UWC family.

From debate prodigies, Shakespeare- esque poets, football fanatics to budding world leaders, and – most importantly – fabulous writers, I have had the opportunity to meet such motivational people. I have been left speechless at how helpful and compassionate every person I have communicated with has been. I have looked forward to sending every email, taking every call, and reading every article I have received.

After nine editions, I want to celebrate the hard work that everyone who is a part of United Worldwide has put in. From all the staff members who have helped make this a possibility and to  all the students who spent hours on end writing these articles, I want to say a heartfelt thank you. I am extremely grateful for everyone’s contribution throughout this whole process of bringing this dream alive.

So far this has been my journey worldwide, about our UWC family, about uniting thousands of students, staff, parents, and alumni across the globe.

Now, let’s take it forward, share our stories, and make this our United Worldwide journey.

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