The Kurt Hahn Philosophy

Kurt Hahn was a German educator and a key figure in the development of experiential education. To this day his philosophies have far-reaching international influence that has stood the test of time.

Hahn believed that students could only really understand life by experiencing it in many exciting and challenging ways. By testing themselves, students would be able to develop their courage, generosity, imagination, principles and resolution. Ultimately they would develop the skills and abilities to become the guardians and leaders of the future.

He also believed that the greatest thing one could learn – and inspire in others – was compassion. Inspired by this principle, the Round Square network of schools share practical opportunities to guide and support students in becoming courageous and compassionate leaders.

At Mekaela Academies we believe in and follow Kurt Hahn’s philosophies aiming to build a character relevant and adaptable to society rahter than simply educationg an individual. The Kurt Hain philosophies also founded Outward Bound and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


The Mekaela Academies are multicultural advocating for the equal respect of various cultures and the maintenance of cultural diversity.


We follow a multifaith approach in our dealings with religious beliefs: an affinity with aspects of more than one religion, philosophy or world-view, and believing that no one religion is superior to another.