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Notes from the Teranga Center: Kindness Week

One of my daughters asked me the other day why the news only showed bad things and people not caring about others. After talking about how there is a lot of goodness going on in the world, I was reflected on how happy I am that my girls go to an IB school, and in particular, ISD. The IB learner profile is one of the guiding documents in the PYP, MYP, and DP. One of the ten attributes of an IB learner is caring. “We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.“

Last week in the Middle School we celebrated an aspect of being caring through Kindness Week. We started each day in Jag Connect with a kindness message or video. Our advisory lessons were focused on kindness; how to be kinder and the benefits of being kind to others. There were random acts of kindness going on all around the Middle School, bulletin boards popping up, and the week ended with a “kindness conga line” with confetti eggs because “kindness can spread like confetti”.

At the International School of Dakar, we value and promote kindness every day. To have a week that highlights kindness is powerful as everyone on campus has it at the forefront of their minds, they smile a little brighter, and practicing something makes it a habit.

Spread kindness like confetti this week!

Ms. Jen Loria

Middle School Assistant Principal & MYP Coordinator

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