Holistic learning, international understanding and the option of opting for subjects one likes is making school managements look towards international curriculum
In the recent times India has witnessed speedy growth of international schools that have a different outlook as compared to the existing curriculum’s largely followed in the schools. The economic boom has necessitated an overall change in people’s way of life. It has opened not only the economy at a global level but also the social fabric of society. Now there is an evolved worldview more towards global education and its relevance. A globally accepted or an international curriculum is symbiotic with a cosmopolitan community.
There has also been a demand for international schools in the country. This is a direct result of mounting international competition and corresponding global mobility with people from different parts of the world coming to India for varied reasons ranging from jobs, education or social causes. They have begun to call India their home. There are varied reasons for international curriculum’s being preferred over regular curriculum’s, some of them are:
- Holistic learning – International curriculum’s can provide students a holistic approach towards education developing both interdisciplinary and disciplinary understanding and widening a student’s understanding on different perspectives. It also develops personal skills alongside academic ones involving EQ alongside IQ.
- International Understanding – Its aim is to foster an appreciation of a global society and offer opportunities to become an important part of it.
- Increasing Opportunities – With many students going abroad to study at university level to increase their educational opportunities and later job prospects, it has become more pertinent to have an international curriculum in India to prepare them properly and out them at a par with their foreign peers.
- Employ-ability – Most employers are keen to hire employees that have been taught international curriculum’s as they are likely to demonstrate better insights and personal experiences with regards to global scenarios. The fluency in a foreign language is an additional advantage.
- Personal Learning – International curriculum’s are also adopted by schools because they are flexible, adaptable and take into account a student’s learning pace and personal responses to learning situations. Unlike the traditional Indian curriculum’s, an international curriculum may allow students to learn subjects that were not offered before.
The number of schools offering international curriculum has risen significantly over the years. A large number of parents and teachers are now selecting a more integrated learning curriculum in comparison to the rote learning curriculum’s previously offered in Indian schools.
When we talk about an international curriculum we are taking into account a global curriculum that aims to widen the perspective of both the students and the teacher. A curriculum like that is seen to possess an inclusive ethics, shared philosophical relationships or structure that encompasses not just different regions but nations. An enhanced empathy towards others is the result.
Having global competency is an absolute necessity to thrive in today’s economy. Institutions have the responsibility to provide global education opportunities and international exposure to their faculty, staff and students by adopting well-thought-out strategies that best fit the vision of the institution. The curriculum needs to be flexible and adaptable to create global citizens and there must be resources available to manage these changes.
In India in particular, innovative short-term, credit-based education and research programmes should be developed to attract international students – not only from the science-rich developed countries but also countries that bring a more sensitive approach to social studies and literature. Such joint programmes will help Indian students be more aware of global developments and hence be a part of global solutions.
-Ian Davies is head of school,
Garodia International Centre for learning, Mumbai