We hold ourselves, and any partnerships we have, to these standards.
The tenets that outline, explain and guide us. These tenets resonate throughout the brand, and we make sure all our Learning content hit these tenets.
We understand that each child is an individual and each individual is unique in the way they understand and interact with the world. To be able to give the best education, we must recognise that children need to be treated and spoken to as individuals.
If the objective is to teach the child, then surely the child must be the focus of the learning. Understanding the child and their interests means the learning will be more impactful and more focused.
Pedagogy is key in all our materials and thinking. By being able to understand the limitations and expectations of the child, how the child thinks, what they're going through, allows educators to adapt how they teach and when they teach it. Learning should be aware of the child's needs at all times.
Inclusive in every sense. Inclusive of not only race and culture, but inclusive of the global community, the needs of the children and society, the understanding that all people are equal and have an equal right to life, freedom and education. Videogames don't discriminate against the players, and neither should education.
Like anything, if the child is not engaged, the child will not learn. Excite and engage the children. They, in turn, will then engage with you and the subject. One should not dictate, but rather converse and explain.
If the child doesn't understand why they're learning something, or how the learning is relevent to them, then it will not stick. The child must understand how they can apply their new-found knowledge in the real world and help them develop themselves as individuals.
And much like the previous tenet, the learning must be relevant. The idea that learning an ancient language to every child will somehow be relevant to the real world is ridiculous. We believe that children are hungry for knowledge, we are born knowing how to learn and how to apply our learning to the real world. The education system has somehow twisted this to suit the needs of government measuring targets. Make learning relevant and meaningful, and the child will continue to want to learn and understand the importance of life-long learning.
Simply put, the learning provided to children (and anyone for that matter) should not be - unless specific to a subject matter - focused on a certain cultural narrative or phenomenon. Learning (unless our knowledge changes) should be timeless and unambigous.
As we're affiliated with the United Nations and the SDGs, it's important to understand that education should be globally consistent to be able to undertake the issues the world faces, such as climate change, socio-economic disparity, etc. Understanding the impact of our education system on a global level can help us address the big issues with a consistent message through education.
Eduction should not dicatate what we learn. Instead, we should be taught how to learn, as individuals, to better pursue the ideas we, as individuals, have. Teaching us how to learn allows us to be more adaptable and understanding. It also allows us to look at things differently and will celebrate the unique thought process of the individual. We must learn HOW to learn.
Never should education focus solely on knowledge. Knowledge requires context and skills to test. Knowledge only is dangerous, for knowledge is knowing, but not understanding. We should always find a way to create project-based, interactive lessons that encourage discussion, testing and risk-taking.
If you want to change the world, then everyone has to be on the same playing field. Learning should be free for everyone.