Seoul, South Korea, February 8, 2017 – In celebration of UNESCO's International Mother Language Day, Dwight School Seoul will host its annual event, V.I.P. Reading Day, as members of the community from around the globe share with student's traditional stories in their mother tongues.
With an outstanding number of V.I.P. guests representing embassy's from around the world, Dwight will welcome representatives from the Embassy of Switzerland, Netherlands, Pakistan, Spain, Philippines and Belarus, as well as the Mapo-gu District.
A day which has been observed since 2000, International Mother Language Day promotes linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The students of Dwight School Seoul, a culturally rich community with over 38 different nationalities, will listen to stories spoken in Dutch, English, Filipino, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Belarusian, Japanese and Korean.
For the first time, Dwight will host a panel discussion for Upper School students, inviting seven members of the Seoul community to discuss their experience with language within different cultures and the power that language can have. Among the panelists is the United States Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Joy Yamamoto, British Chamber of Commerce CEO, Mr. Sean Blakeley, Director-General of Global Green Growth Institute (NGO), Mr. Frank Rijsberman, Professional Athlete, Ms. Nicole Stevenson, Regional Communications Practice Area Driver of Tetra Pak, Korea, Ms. Grace Oh, Seoul International Women's Association President, Ms. Anne Choe and Ms. Sanjini de Silva, World citizen, Environmentalist and Health + Wellness coach.
A core emphasis of V.I.P. Reading Day is to offer students the opportunity to enhance understanding, empathy and involvement with a variety of social, cultural and national groups.
Dwight School Seoul is a part of a global network, with campuses and programs in New York, London, Vancouver Island and Shanghai. Students in Seoul and across our international campuses connect, interact, and share their different perspectives and cultural experiences.
"Five years ago, V.I.P. Reading Day was born. Our mission: to support UNESCO's International Mother Language Day. Our aim was to continue raising awareness of language and literacy, commemorate and support culture and identity seen through each child's love of reading and story telling," said Mr. Kevin Skeoch, Head of School.
"This event connects people from around the globe right here in Seoul, fosters international mindedness so that we as educators prepare students to be global citizens able to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Being an IB World School, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme fosters life long learners who are open-minded, balanced, knowledgeable and principled individuals."
"This year, the event has grown through to our Upper School. For the first time, we will host a stimulating discussion over the role of language in the world today carried forward with academic zeal positioning panelists and students to discuss key issues related to second language learning and examining language and culture in a global context."
In an effort to expose our students to the languages of the world, Dwight School Seoul offers an extensive foreign language program. Dwight prides itself on promoting education beyond the purely academic; the Dwight School Seoul's philosophy focuses on developing a culture within the school that reflects the spirit of multiculturalism.
"It is my wish that all parents and community leaders make February 21 a day to take time to reflect, discuss and connect language and culture past and present," concludes Mr. Skeoch
More About Dwight School Seoul
Dwight School Seoul opened in August 2012 with Dwight School campuses in New York, USA; London, UK; Vancouver Island, Canada and Shanghai, China. Students in Seoul and across our international campuses connect, interact, and share their different perspectives and cultural experiences through a variety of trips, exchanges, and digital communications, enriching the educational process for all.
Dwight School Seoul adopts the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, as an IB World School and is the only school in Seoul to be authorized in three IB programmes: Primary Years Programme (Pre-K-grade 5), Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10) and the Diploma Programme (grades 11-12). The IB curriculum is widely known as the most challenging and respected pre-university course of study anywhere in the world and the only universal curriculum where students are graded according to international benchmarks. Dwight School Seoul is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Council of International Schools (CIS). Dwight's commitment to the IB Programme ensures academic excellence always goes hand in hand with service learning and leadership training.
Dwight School Seoul is located in Seoul's Digital Media City, the Silicon Valley of South Korea. The award-winning D&B Architecture firm designed the 200,000-square-foot campus, which features two indoor gymnasiums; an outdoor soccer field, playground and basketball court; two large media rooms; a two-story library; two acoustic music classrooms with eight individual rehearsal rooms; Makerspace; and a performing arts center.