Generations Z and Alpha, those children born over the last two decades, are the first truly native digital generations. Immersed in technology since birth, they pick it up intuitively, giving them access to facts, figures, information and entertainment at the touch of a screen. With unprecedented access to devices, children are spending over 23 hours a week on their smartphones, tablets and games consoles, a study of UK families revealed earlier this year.1
However, these children are not tech-dependent, regularly spending time away from their devices and valuing opportunities to spend time outdoors or exploring their passions.2 Motivated by real-world issues, they are also increasingly concerned with building a more sustainable future. At school, this directly translates to a desire for deeper engagement with their education. These students want to take a leading role in their learning; rather than passively absorbing information, Gen Z and Alpha students seek hands-on, authentic experiences.
NAE collaborate with the world’s leading organisations to offer students one-of-a-kind educational experiences where they work with respected specialists in remarkable global locations. From a STEAM festival at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the world’s top-ranked university, to daring expeditions in the Tanzanian Serengeti and Swiss Alps, our experiences deeply engage students, igniting their ambitions and equip them for success.
“Every day I learned something new that changed my life and perspective on the way I used to see certain things,” said Guilia R, a student at the British School Warsaw, about her expedition to Tanzania.
Students participate in rich and rewarding opportunities of the highest calibre, nurturing their love of learning. This is fundamental to our approach. Learning — something we all do innately from the moment we’re born — is a continuous process throughout our lifetime. Fostering a passion for learning and the associated skills not only ensures students enjoy and make the most of their time at school, it importantly prepares them for successful future careers and fulfilling lives. Our programme of regional and global events offer activities tailored to different learning styles and levels to appeal to every student and amplify their growth.
“Mandla had the most amazing experience in a diverse, multi-cultural environment. We were very pleased with the diverse aspects of the programme which gave him the opportunity to work and collaborate with other students in a group setting, thereby improving his team building and interpersonal skills as well as his confidence levels.” – Parents of Mandlakayise Ncala, attendee of Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard
At our Performing Arts with Juilliard events, students deepen their knowledge and passion for the arts whilst sharpening their technical skills, thanks to personalised and targeted attention from Juilliard specialists. Our annual UNICEF Global Summit in New York gives students the opportunity to influence policy at the highest level through presentations to United Nations, government officials and distinguished individuals at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).
Commenting on the summit, Warrem Gichana, a student at Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong, said, “The NAE-UNICEF Student Summit in New York was an extraordinary experience and I was lucky to share it with some of the most enthusiastic and passionate young leaders of tomorrow.”
Numerous studies highlight the benefits of out-of-the-classroom learning on students’ academic, personal and social development. In one study, 94% of respondents reported out-of-the-classroom learning had an overwhelmingly positive influence on their personal growth.3
- Out of the classroom learning positively impacts students4
- Engagement with learning
- Knowledge, skills and understanding
- Achievement and attainment
- Relationships with peers and teachers
- Resilience, self-confidence and well-being
Beyond enhancing topic knowledge by turning theory into practice, students develop the lifelong knowledge, skills and mindset to thrive in our changing world. Nord Anglia students are encouraged to lead their own learning, which deepens their engagement and extends their experiences. Activities nurture traits such as such as confidence, resilience and resourcefulness together with core skills including creativity, leadership and collaboration — qualities valued by universities and employers alike.
Students are also empowered to tackle global issues, fostering international mindedness and concern for society. Our regional and global events also mark the start of new friendships with students from around the world, creating bonds and memories that will last a lifetime.
These unforgettable learning adventures leave a lasting impact. For many students, it is a life-changing experience.
- According to research on Gordonstoun School, carried out by University of Edinburgh. https://beamingsimon.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/gordonstoun-report-final.pdf