Ready for life, ready for work
A globally oriented education system is crucial to ensuring that our young people have the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly inter-connected world and workplace.
Globalisation of jobs, trade and economies mean that young Australians will increasingly work globally, and have to navigate expanding cultural diversity both at home and abroad.
An internationalised education system enables students to speak more than one language, demonstrate intercultural understanding, respect cultural diversity, undertake part of their schooling overseas, and understand their responsibilities as global citizens.
It is a system where teachers participate in exchanges overseas, connect with peer networks globally and embed a global outlook in their teaching and learning programs. A globally ready education system enables principals to invest in staff development to establish a culture of global learning across the school, support an active Sister School relationship, and embrace a thriving International Student Program and participation by their students in international immersion experiences.
The importance of an internationalised education is explicitly acknowledged by the inclusion of languages and intercultural capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and global citizenship in the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).
The different perspectives that come from studying alongside people from other countries, and learning about other cultures, can stimulate critical and creative thinking
Cultural immersion programs build global citizenship, build student resilience and school pride
Global learning opportunities with students from another country add a new dimension to classroom learning and lift engagement levels
Global networks enables excellence in teaching and learning through collaboration projects which build practice excellence and curriculum planning and assessment.