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10 June 2022 - Discussion On Global Competence

10 June 2022 - Discussion On Global Competence

The discussion on global competence is a vital one. To think critically with empathy and awareness of the influences of individual behaviour, culture and global issues is a skill that is more sought after now than ever before.

Global competence has become top priority as we deem it necessary to raise our children ready for the future. A crucial fact to consider is that the opportunities open to our current and next generation are in countries and cultures that are different from the one that they are growing up in.

How do we know what children need for the future? Employment has changed rapidly; there have been population changes with immigration and emigration, and now global organisations demand employee flexibility since the pandemic occurred. There is a saturation of university degrees where there is an abundance of academic qualifications, and now there are other desirable qualities apart from just a Bachelor or Master degree.

The focus now is not just on academics, but personal skills, working towards international learning goals. Our future generations must be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to function effectively within an international context. We do not give them the answers but develop their ability to question, using higher- level thinking skills. The learning is always new and challenging to ensure a personalised learning approach, and one that is valuable, relatable and current.

Global competency demands effective communication skills— both linguistic and intercultural—in order to engage in open, appropriate, and effective interactions with people from different backgrounds. Communication is a key element in Taylor’s RECIPE.

This week, a great example of developing global competence is Taylor’s celebration of Ocean Week. There was a demonstration of agency when students collaborated in groups, discussing our ocean environment. Agency gives students opportunities to move from just learning about the world to making a difference in it, by raising awareness, thinking and planning achievable solutions, and finally taking action.

There were talks on the use of plastic in Malaysia and globally, oil spills, carbon footprint and how the smallest effort contributes to the bigger picture. It was wonderful to see our students speak passionately about loving our ocean and how this affects not just marine life, but all humankind. Students all dressed in blue for a whole school (primary and secondary) assembly where Mr Peter Wells addressed all students together for the first time after a long hiatus.

Also this week, prospective parents and students visited the school to learn more about our International Primary Curriculum, understanding that students not only investigate the world, but recognise perspectives, communicate ideas and actively participate by taking action. Parents toured the school and children visited classes to trial lessons. We are delighted that activities are now in full swing and Taylor’s are back participating in issues that affect us nationally and internationally.


Mr. Marco Damhuis (Head of Primary)
Email Contact : marco.damhuis@pc.tis.edu.my

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