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Interview As a professional educator with many years of leadership experience in well-reputed schools in Botswana, Wales, and the United States you have had access to many resources that allowed you to operate. At Keystone, you will also have access to many resources. We can accept the feasibility of your idea to build Keystone into a world school because you have the resources necessary to make this happen. But you have mentioned that any school, even those without many resources such as a village school, can become a world school. Can you please elaborate on this? Q: great resources but they have a will and an attitude that is very open and impressive. In that school, which is an English-medium school because it is in Australia, they are teaching Chinese and Vietnamese to young kids in grades 1-3. Not because they have a particular program or they have the money to do that, but because they have teachers in their school who come from China and Vietnam. They are using those resources to do something very different from the other primary schools in that city. That is the kind of attitude that allows you to use whatever you have, whatever is available, to do something different, to do something more open than just focusing on one country. That is why I think it is possible to have great teaching and learning, great world teaching and learning, quite literally under a tree. A: Going back into antiquity, if you think about the great sages, they were people who for the most part were world-minded. They saw life in a very broad way. They were able to rise above their time, location, village, country, and culture. And see things in a much wider perspective. My country is the world and the world is my country. This is the kind of attitude that we are talking about. If you have that attitude then you can offer a world education even with minimal resources. Let us ask about Keystone first. Is Keystone going to become a world school? Yes, but it is not going to be easy even with the resources that we have. This is our ambition. It will not be easy to achieve simply because we have resources, and a wonderful building; we need great people with the right attitudes. When I think about a world school, it entails building attitudes amongst the teachers and students that are open and flexible and global. And if you have that attitude you can be a world school even if you have resources that are far less than we have at Keystone. And there are schools that have great resources that are not world schools because they are focused on very narrow things. I just happened to be watching the other day a news report on a primary school in Melbourne, Australia, which has a principal and some teachers who are really focused on offering the best of world education to their students. They do not have “…if you have that attitude you can be a World School…” Malcolm McKenzie at an team meeting 8 The Keystone Magazine