Another module on the course, Intercultural Education and Communication in International Schools, looks at perspectives and approaches to intercultural education and communication, and gets students to consider how they can develop themselves and their colleagues into culturally competent teachers.
The module also looks into the purpose of an international education, and explores how schools, teachers and curriculum designers can aspire to provide an education that’s tailored to the current and future circumstances that students will find themselves in as they develop into global citizens. Schofield believes schools that are a part of the Nord Anglia’s family have the opportunity to capitalise on and put these aspects into motion.
“Our family of schools are in a unique and actionable position. I believe we do promote the holistic development of our students by offering them many opportunities to explore their own identity and establish their own informed perspectives on cultures other than their own. This is often done through active participation in local and international community service projects and collaboration forums such as Global Campus,” he said.
“Intercultural understanding is seen as a new skill for the 21st century and one which helps us to improve understanding between cultural groups,” said Roberts. “It also better prepares students to operate in the world of transnational global business. International education, therefore, has an important role to play in creating global citizens of the future who are prepared to work in the global marketplace”.