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Asmara International Community School (AICS), Eritrea

International Middle Years Curriculum

Welcome to the International Middle Years Curriculum!

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) is a curriculum for students aged 11–14 years. It matches with the Asmara International School beliefs in that it provides an international perspective, recognizes that the world is increasingly interdependent, provides activities which bring students into contact with people of other cultures, and creates a context for world peace by providing opportunities for many cultures to learn together in mutual understanding and respect.

Designed around the very particular needs of the adolescent brain, it helps to improve learning in three ways: academically, personally and internationally. The IMYC inspires students during a time when many, overwhelmed by the combination of the transition from primary to secondary education and the changes in their bodies and brains, can become disengaged in their learning.

Neurological research tells us that the brain is synthesizing and specializing during adolescence. Consequently, middle years students need particular support organizing and connecting their thinking and learning. This ‘fine tuning’ of the brain requires young people to make connections and make meaning of their learning like never before – in a ‘use it or lose it’ fashion. They engage most in learning when they can see the relevance of what they are learning about, and when they are actively involved in the process. The IMYC takes this into account and specifically addresses each of these learning needs.

Asmara International Community School (AICS) started using the IMYC in 2013 and has acquired much experience throughout implementation. During these past years we have been able to cover 20 themes designed for Grades 7&8: Communication, Curiosity, Challenge, Courage, Development, Resilience, Reflection, Identity, Interpretation, Justice, Leadership, Creativity, Balance, Tradition, Resolution, Entrepreneurship, Renewal, Responsibility, Belief, Relationship, and Respect.

Our first IMYC students graduated successfully in 2018-2019. They have shown our community how well prepared they were in their post-graduation classes. Teachers have enjoyed planning cooperatively and helping students acquire their skills through strategizing, planning, organizing, setting goals and paying attention to important details. Parents have been engaged throughout the Entry and Exit Points of the IMYC, and their contribution is highly appreciated. The school administration has been providing all the necessary facilities and finances to make our projects successful!


Madame Ruth