Ready for life, ready for work
Global learning and engagement isn’t a luxury in the 21st century – it is vital. Young Victorians need intercultural understanding and the global mindset that is essential to succeeding in a more complex, interconnected and competitive world. Self-awareness, self-confidence and a willingness to embrace cultures, diversity and knowledge of the world and other societies are significant assets for young people in today’s world.
Equipping students with these skills is a key element of preparing young Victorians, regardless of their background or where they live, for today’s challenges and opportunities and the future workforce. It also builds Victoria’s social, cultural and economic prosperity by helping them lift their aspirations to succeed and become all they can be.
Global learning and engagement offers opportunities to engage students, stimulate critical and creative thinking and develop informed global citizens.
“The modern workplace is increasingly globalised and employers must find employees who are not only technically proficient, but also culturally astute and able to thrive in a global work environment.”1
Globalisation of jobs, trade and economies means that young Australians will increasingly work globally, and have to navigate expanding cultural diversity both at home and abroad.
“While learning about other countries has always been a feature of education, schools must now 'internationalise' so that a global outlook is fundamental, not incidental, to their endeavours.”.2
1 British Council: Culture at Work Report
2 Connected To The World Report, 2015.
So what does a globally oriented education system look like?
It is is an education system where:
- students speak more than one language, demonstrate intercultural understanding, respect cultural diversity, undertake part of their schooling overseas, and understand their responsibilities as global citizens.
- teachers participate in exchanges overseas, connect with peer networks globally and embed a global outlook in their teaching and learning programs.
- school principals 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 (ISP) and participation by their students in international immersion experiences.
Supporting school reform priorities
Global learning and engagement in schools is central to the aspirations of Victoria as the Education State to “equip all students with the personal and practical skills to live the lives they want to live, and get the jobs they need”.
Its importance for all Victorian learners 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).