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A kinder world                                                 Autumn Term 2017

               Divided into four
               main pillars –
               character and
               ethics, individual
               and community,
               civic education
               and cultural
               education – the
               aim of the moral
      education programme is to
      encourage students to be
      more creative, innovative and
      respectful to others. Morgan
      Whitfield Carney, moral education
      academic coordinator and head
      of sixth form at Cranleigh School
      Abu Dhabi, one of 20 pilot schools
      in the country, reveals why the
      curriculum is important.
      What is the value of the moral
      education curriculum?
      The programme offers a journey
      that pupils embark on to become
      global citizens. The units are
      fascinating, ranging from equality
      and justice, governance,
      and globalisation to the
      preservation of cultural heritage.
       Coordinating this programme
      and having the mandate to place
      character development as the
      foundation of all learning is such
      a joy. When I teach global ethics
      to my Year 9 pupils and see
      them debating deontology and
      utilitarianism, I am amazed by
      their insight. They not only grasp   How is the moral education   Award gives pupils the chance
      diplomatic dilemmas but I also   curriculum implemented?  to bring many of the character-
      see them grappling with their own   Two of the pillars – civic studies   building lessons they have
      ethical perspectives.   and cultural studies – are   learned alive.
                              delivered academically through
      How did Cranleigh School Abu   social studies lessons. The   What skills does it help develop
      Dhabi become a pilot school?   other two pillars – character   in children?
      The new programme is a natural   and morality sessions and the   We live in a time where world
      fit with our philosophy, which   individual and the community   problems seem far away from our
      focuses on the whole child,     classes – are delivered via our   reality. Apathy can be contagious
      and is one of the reasons we were   learning for life pastoral sessions.   and the influences outside a
      chosen as a pilot school. Our   In addition, we offer our   school can be overwhelming. The
      existing learning for life classes   pupils an extensive co-curricular   moral education programme can
      develop the kind of experience   proposition, which provides many   be part of the solution by focusing
      and capabilities essential for   different avenues for pupils to   on the development of lifelong
      effective, 21st-century learners.   expand their horizons both in   skills. It will help young people
      We do not fixate on rules. Rather,   and out of the classroom. For   mature and make better choices,
      we bring our high expectations   example, helping our students   not just for their own personal life
      alive through a set of moral and   to find the right volunteering   journeys, but it will also impart
      social values, which are actively   opportunity as part of their The   an understanding of their broader
      integrated into the classroom.   Duke of Edinburgh’s International   civic duty and responsibility.
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