School and Beyond - Vivien Hacker
We are now more or less halfway through the main annual holidays for schools, colleges and universities in the area. From now on many of us will slowly begin to focus on the remaining weeks of the holidays and think about what needs to be done in order to continue the process of learning and reaching educational goals.
Even though I am not directly affected by the preparation for the new academic year, I take a very real interest in educational matters via our grandchildren. When they tell me, often in great detail and very vividly, about their experiences at school, I am struck by the highly structured way in which schools are teaching them about the world. And I am impressed by the very broad curriculum that, for example, primary schools offer children aged 5 to 11.
As a businesswoman who deals with the contemporary world that is experienced both here in the United Kingdom and in continental Europe, I am grateful that British children are being given vital tools with which to navigate the multi-faceted international world in which they will one day have to make a living.
As part of those tools and skills which are being absorbed daily, there needs to be a conscious emphasis on creativity, imaginativeness, cultural awareness, and doing things which demand genuine team effort and spirit. I have seen at first-hand how my granddaughter has been given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, to take part in school plays, to attend big events such as “Young Voices” at the Manchester Arena, and constantly explore collective creative adventures with her classmates.
Alongside the knowledge and the facts acquired at school, these will be the skills equipping the young generations for a successful life in business.