International learning is essential for the development of an inquisitive mind and a sense of curiosity about the world and its people. It facilitates the acquisition of investigative skills and helps learners to overcome feelings of bewilderment or uneasiness that they might experience when faced with unfamiliarity. Furthermore, it raises their awareness of the differences between cultures and societies as well as the commonalities that bind humanity together. An understanding of diversity is essential to fostering mutually beneficial collaboration among different nations and peoples, creating a platform for the sharing of learning around the world.
At TJ children meet International Learning Goals that are embedded across the curriculum. These help learners begin the move towards increasingly sophisticated national, international, global and intercultural perspectives on the world around them, whilst developing the capacity to take action and make a difference. The expectation that learners will take action as a result of their learning is a particularly crucial part of the International Learning Goals. Children are encouraged to engage thoughtfully with global issues and provide opportunity for direct intervention so that students feel empowered to enact meaningful change. Moreover, the goals help to bridge the gap between school and the wider world so that learners can immediately begin applying their newly acquired international knowledge, skills and understanding outside of the classroom.
We prepare children at TJ to become engaged, globally competent citizens, developing not only a strong interest in their own and other cultures and a deep understanding of multiple perspectives, but also a keen desire to help shape the local and global communities through actions that impact positively on society.