Educators, governments and employers around the world are debating how to make education more relevant, dynamic and inclusive and how to ensure young people are equipped with the skills to contribute to the ‘knowledge economy’ that will underpin growth for the 21st century.
Now, more so than ever, many believe the answers to these debates can be found in creative learning.
We define creative learning as teaching that encourages young people to use their imaginations and engage their natural curiosity, to see age-old problems in a new light, to experiment and test ideas, to apply mixed mediums and interdisciplinary approaches, to pursue their interests and strengths and to develop a life-long love of learning.
Creative learning not only develops young people’s ability to tolerate ambiguity and take risks, but it also develops their capacity to think critically, empathetically and independently and to be resilient, collaborative and resourceful. These skills will be necessary for our young people to navigate the complexities of living in a global economy and equip them for the challenges of an unpredictable future.
Creative learning is not a new idea but it is one whose time has come.
If we are to realise the transformative potential of the arts in education, we must move beyond rhetoric in policy about its importance, to action.