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17 June 2024

The International Curriculum Association partners with 8billionideas to launch ‘The Critical Curriculum’

The International Curriculum Association (ICA) has partnered with ed-tech and services company, 8billionideas, to further enhance its International Curriculum and launch ‘The Critical Curriculum.’ The partnership will bring together the ICA’s rich educational resources and expertise with 8billionideas’ cutting-edge approach to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

The ICA and 8billionideas are collaborating to work with schools in reshaping their curriculum landscapes with curriculum enhancements aimed at equipping students with essential future skills. The ‘Critical Curriculum’ will be structured around a suite of learning pillars.

The first learning pillar to be introduced will be focussed on Entrepreneurship and it will help learners to build a solid, holistic foundation of entrepreneurial skills. It will build an initial understanding of value and worth in the early years through introducing learners to the ideas of commerce in their communities through play-based learning. This will then be developed further in the primary years through idea-to-execution-based challenges. Learning will continue to be refined in the middle years via the means of interactive problem-solving challenges exploring crisis’ on a macro and micro level.

Sarah Blackmore, Director of the ICA, said: “We recognise the need for a comprehensive and innovative approach to teaching that stretches far beyond traditional academic learning. In a fast-changing world, skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and adaptability have an increasing significance. We are excited to be working together with 8billionideas to provide young learners with the opportunity to develop the skills they require for future success.”

David Harkin, CEO and Founder of 8billionideas, said: “At 8billionideas, we believe in empowering students to think creatively, act entrepreneurially, and prioritise their wellbeing. This collaboration with ICA enables us to amplify our impact, reaching a wider audience with our mission to revolutionise education for the betterment of individuals and society as a whole. We've worked closely with the ICA for 12 months to understand deeply its vision for education. In 2024, we will begin by offering all ICA schools a developed and bespoke learning pathway around our entrepreneurship pillar and expand in the years ahead."

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