There is a growing demand across the globe to reform school systems and curriculums to remain relevant to the needs of young people, the labour market and thus the economy of each country. Technological advances in learning have seen education systems need to adopt new ways of teaching and engaging young people through various mediums. While specific country education systems may vary across the Commonwealth, there is a common purpose – to improve learning outcomes for all young people regardless of age, race, gender, religious belief or socio-economic background.
Most commonly, the predominant call for change to the curriculum comes via a need for young people to engage more effectively with the world and understand their role within it, think more sustainably and be realistic, adaptable, independent and resilient. In some Commonwealth countries, focus has turned to including other languages such as those from Asia into the curriculum, introducing subjects such as business and entrepreneurship skills and widening the Health subject to include more balanced and informed discussion around sexuality and mental health.
Having knowledge is important, but knowing what to do with this knowledge is vital. The key questions remain: how do we ensure young people are getting the most appropriate education that will allow them to be creative, draw on their strengths and have the ability to make informed independent decisions about their future?