A third fewer (7745) students at school are learning an Asian language than 10 years ago. No school or tertiary institution in New Zealand teaches a full-course of Bahasa Indonesia or any Southeast Asian language.
Equipping Young New Zealanders to thrive in the Asian Century. The Why? The How? The What?
We live in a world defined by change The past decade has been one of exponential growth and change - in 10 years we've seen the emergence of Facebook, Twitter and iPhones. The population of the planet reached seven billion. We experienced the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. Change in the next few years looks set to occur at an even faster rate. Are schools preparing our kids for what lies ahead? NZ Herald Sunday 27 January 2013
Asia accounts for 40% of our total exports of goods. Twice as many goods are exported to Asia than Europe and USA combined. China has now passed Australia to become our most important export market. Total exports to China have increased more than three time since 2008.
Our Dairy Industry is our biggest export earner (13.7 billion or 29% of all exports). Over a third of our dairy exports now go to Asian countries.
Inbound tourism is our second-biggest export earner after the dairy industry. Over 20% of our tourists now come from Asia.
Almost one in four (23.1%) Aucklanders are of Asian decent. By 2021, almost one in three (30%) Aucklanders will be of Asian descent. By 2026, the Asian population (15.8%) in New Zealand will almost be the same as the Maori population (16.2%).
If education is preparing our young people for their future then we need to realise that the future has changed…
‘The sort of education we had at school… …is no longer appropriate for the Asian (21 st ) Century.
If we want our young people to thrive in a global world environment… …where technology and change are the norm; where many existing jobs will be out-sourced overseas or completed through new technology; where Asia is the dominant economic, social and cultural power in the world; where many of the best jobs in the future currently don’t exist; where knowledge is readily available at a swipe of a screen and quickly becomes outdated by new knowledge… …our young people needs a specific set of skills, attributes and attitudes.
New Zealand Curriculum Young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.
Key competencies for the 21 st Century New Zealand Curriculum Managing self Participating and contributing Using language, symbols, and texts Relating to others Thinking (creativity) Young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.
Key competencies for the Asian Century Young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners in the Asian Century.
Key competencies for the 21 st (Asian) Century New Zealand Curriculum Managing self Participating and contributing Using language, symbols and texts Relating to others Thinking (creativity) Young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners in the Asian Century.
DimensionAsia AwareExploring AsiaAsia Equipped Vision and Goals The principal discusses being Asia Equipped with the Board of Trustees The charter reflects the school’s commitment to equipping their students to thrive in the Asian Century. Key documents show how the school will sustain their commitment to equipping their students to thrive in the Asian Century. Community Engagement The principal communicates with the school community and cluster schools about being Asia Equipped. The local community is involved in contributing to increasing students’ cultural understanding. A student-led community project, event, or social action occurs that reflects the students’ increased cultural understanding. Curriculum Development The school conducts teacher professional development about why and how students are equipped to thrive in the Asian Century. Teachers review the school curriculum to determine how well they are developing their students’ cultural competencies, skills and knowledge of Asia. The school develops programmes to support the development of their students’ cultural competencies. Language Learning The school community is consulted about which language(s) the school is considering offering. The school commences an Asian language pilot programme. The school establishes a sustainable Asian language programme. Cultural Connections The school principal and at least one other teacher have an educational in- country experience in Asia. Students regularly communicate online with students in Asia. Students participate in a learning experience in an Asian setting. Job Prospects The connection between Asia and future job prospects is shared with the school community. Students complete an in-depth study of an Asian country. Students within the school are involved in an enterprise programme. Asia Equipped Schools Framework