Seeing each student as a whole child, Yungu wants to prepare all students to become healthy and fulfilled people—with excellent intellects and skills, and ethical mindsets—who are of use to the world.
Boarding school is an ideal environment in which to develop the whole person: living together 24 hours a day, students learn to take care of themselves and to live happily with others. At Yungu, guided by thoughtful mentors, teachers and peers, students must make many choices daily and learn from consequences: they adapt and grow in wisdom—their identities shaped by their individual experiences and by reflection on these experiences. They learn to be more responsible for themselves and their actions, becoming self-reliant; and because they’re living with others, they learn to cooperate and develop greater empathy.
Building on their interests and passions, students can pursue their own individual courses of study. Divergent as different fields may seem, they all require serious study, skill in observation, analysis and critical thinking, interpretation of material and creative application—so the habits developed in one discipline will transfer to others. No matter the discipline, at Yungu students are expected work alongside their teachers as fellow scholars.
Afternoon clubs, sport and other activities offer opportunities for physical fitness and mental health. With more chances to exercise independence and choices, with professional guidance and support, students should experience more eustress than distress.
Yungu teachers are encouraged to follow their interests and passions too: when teachers teach and share what they love, students prosper. Teachers prepare and organize, facilitate and model. Not only do they design and teach their courses, but they set up clubs, sports and activities, with students as fellow practitioners and researchers.
Yungu teachers seek to foster connections—not only intellectual connections in their subject, but human ones. In order to support their students, teachers need to know them well. Teachers also promote connections between students, establishing open environments in which students learn with and from one another. They help students connect to the world too, choosing material relevant to their interests, helping them apply their understanding to real contexts, urging students to explore and discover wider worlds.
Finally, Yungu teachers promote the spirit of inquiry: rather than telling students what to think and do, teachers ask questions and then guide and support students as they grapple with ambiguity and work out answers. At Yungu, students do, rather than just learn about, the work in each field: they learn to think and see the world like professionals in each field.