The Philosophy Behind weCreate®

What constitutes success? A passion-driven career? Reaching billionaire status at 21? Coming home to a loving family? Whatever it may be, in the 21st Century, younger and brighter minds are redefining what success is like and what it takes to make it to the top.

What this ought to teach us is that success and work are no longer the same entities that we grew up knowing and preparing for. A world reshaped by digitalization, the power of data, and Internet of Things, amongst other technological advancements, demands greater ability in students today to be resilient for an ever-evolving work market. These students are in need of updated designs of learning so they are able to be motivated to constantly progress in their future working world.

“The love of learning comes only to those who learn the skills to create their own understanding: by learning to ask questions, by developing trust with classmates and teachers, and by having the chance to test their knowledge on an ongoing basis through projects and presentations rather than a single test on a given day,” shared Dr. Gregg Maloberti, Head of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School in Johor, Malaysia.

Driven by this belief, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School has been educating its students with a philosophy that upholds creativity, collaboration, and innovation via its unique weCreate® platform.

One such success story is Uyi Omorogbe, a graduate from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota, USA, who was inspired to further his passions at the school’s state-of-the-art weCreate® Center. Through a well-received Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, he successfully launched his first clothing line, NaSo, which incorporates African accents and will benefit schools in Africa. Uyi returned to his alma mater last December to share his experience.

Head of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, USA, Mr. Matthew Cavellier, who was the Director of the weCreate® Center when Uyi was a student there, reminisced, “Uyi blossomed in the weCreate® Center; he spent hours there. It’s great having him back to talk to our current students about the importance of creativity and innovation; to try new things and pursue creative ideas. It was equally important for them to hear how creativity and innovation intersect with drive and purpose. That’s how all successful entrepreneurial thinking begins, and how Uyi founded NaSo.”

Envisioned to allow students to pursue their individual passions, weCreate® is a well-practiced philosophy and a physical space where all ideas become plausible to learn and achieve, limited only by the imagination. The Center includes studios for video editing, lighting and animation, writing, fashion design, graphic design, e-design, architecture, music editing and recording, performance, and digital photography.

Mr. Cavellier reiterated this, saying, “We are changing and adapting; we are becoming more comfortable preparing our students for jobs that don’t exist in fields that don’t exist. This is something Shattuck-St. Mary’s School does exceedingly well; alongside traditional curriculum, we teach students to be agile thinkers, empower them to take ownership of their learning, challenge them to see constraints as catalysts for innovative solutions, and demand they learn to communicate and collaborate effectively.”

At Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, its unique culture inculcates the blending of tradition and innovation, welcoming students who are pursuing their dreams with drive and determination.