“Schools need to prepare students for a world in which people need to work with others of diverse cultural origins, and appreciate different ideas, perspectives and values; a world in which people need to develop trust to collaborate across such differences; and a world in which people’s lives will be affected by issues that transcend national boundaries”.
Andreas Schleicher – Director, The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Directorate for Education and Skills.
The purpose of ‘2 Way Learning’ is to connect people from different cultures and backgrounds – locally, Australia wide and globally – to learn with and from each other. For students, this requires competencies to navigate culturally diverse and digitally connected communities in which they work and socialise. These include:-
‘2 Way Learning’ provides opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning that fosters international and intercultural relations and to reflect upon the outcomes of their learning. Through engagement in the activities students will:-
The development of global competencies also supports further education and employment opportunities beyond secondary schooling. Recruiting trends identify the importance of working effectively in organisations and markets that are increasingly global and diverse. The critical skills include:-
Students who participate in ‘2 Way Learning’ programs will require:-
a. If English is the First Language of the participating students, they will be immersed in an Aboriginal community. This program involves:-
b. If English is the Second Language of the participating students, they will experience the region first hand and will be provided with information about the:-
Students will also engage with the local students in the region.
Students will learn about the:-
Students will also engage in recreational activities that will provide them with another perspective of the city.
Students will undertake an experiential learning opportunity in a natural setting that focusses on the sustainability of individuals, the society and the environment.
Students will undertake an outdoor education program within a wilderness environment. Students will:-
Students will engage in activities in which they connect with marginalised members of our society. They will learn with and from each other and through their actions they will contribute to:-
Students will grow a moral and ethical spirit of serving and supporting others via reflection on their contributions.