Supporting Education for All
Since the 2015/16 academic year, Rome International School's Parent-Teacher Association has been supporting the community project, ‘Sharing our vision: Education for all’. This empowering initiative has a strong focus on education for disadvantaged children, which is closely aligned to the school’s mission to deliver a high quality and rewarding international education.
Project aims and benefits
Initially launched as a two-year project, it facilitates access to a quality education by providing the opportunity for one talented and motivated student of high school age from a less economically developed country facing difficult circumstances, to attend Rome International School. The aims are linked to issues of global significance. Facilitating access to education is recognised by the UN through its Global Goals, in particular, Goal 4 “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all”.
This should not be confused with a scholarship. It is about providing the logistical and material resources for such a student to access RIS. It is also about providing social and cultural opportunities for the successful candidate. It is a project which will have enormous benefits for the student, for their country and for our students by promoting Global Citizenship. This is a new approach to the way the school and the PTA work and we believe that it is the right one to help us play our part as educators and learners in ‘creating a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect’ (IBO Mission Statement).
Organisation and structure
A working group was established during the 2015/16 academic year consisting of PTA members, teachers and staff and a feasibility study was carried out. The group identified a shortlist of four countries - Kenya, Sudan, Malawi, and Tanzania - based on their compatibility in terms of language, needs and transportation. After carefully looking through the requirements and implications together with the help of organisations specialised in this field and with operations in the shortlisted countries, the working group decided to focus on Kenya.
The fundraising for this initiative has been led by the PTA with the support of Rome International School's parents and staff. Through a variety of activities including bake sales and donations, money was raised to finalise procedures in collaboration with Intercultura, the principal contractor that assisted with the candidate selection process in Kenya, pre-placement tutoring, entrance visa and associated costs and well as selection of the host family in Italy. Fundraising efforts will continue for the 2017/18 academic year.
Thanks to the generous support of Rome International School parents, students and teachers, the school community welcomed Melvin to Grade 12 (first year of IB) in September 2016. Melvin comes from Kibera in Nairobi, he has two brothers and two sisters. He previously studied at Upper Hill School in Nairobi where he excelled in English and Mathematics. He also enjoys Science and is a keen basketball player. Melvin would like to become a doctor so he can help transform healthcare in his home country.
The PTA and the School community are proud to support Melvin in his studies for the duration of the two-year IB Diploma Programme and he successfully completed the programme in May 2018.
Project continuation in 2018/19 and 2019/20The PTA decided to continue its support of the "Education for All" project by supporting Melvin in his first year of Medicine at the University of Nairobi.
In 2019/20, the PTA renewed support of Melvin for his second year of Medicine at the University of Nairobi.
The RIS PTA looks forward to continuing its commitment to Melvin as he embarks on his third year of Medicine.