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  • Educating for a Changing World

    We live in a world of rapid and constant social, technological and environmental change. Our society is characterised by global interdependence and population diversity and mobility, and we are confronted by complex social and environmental issues.

    As communities become multicultural and multi-faith a greater understanding of and respect for diverse ways of living is required.

    Governments and communities around the world recognise the need to renew and re-energise learning and development systems to better support families and prepare children for modern life. Within Australia, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is leading a collaborative national approach to improving productivity in which learning and development are central.

    The Melbourne Declaration of Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) acknowledges these changes are placing new demands on Australian schools. It asserts that 'improving educational outcomes for all young Australians is central to the nation’s social and economic prosperity and will position young people to live fulfilling, productive and responsible lives' (MCEETYA 2008, p. 7).

    The two key goals are:

    Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence.

    Goal 2: All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

    These goals are supported by national strategies agreed by Australian governments:faith 

    • Flexible, personalised learning and teaching
    • Life-long learning from early years
    • Data/evidence informing policy and practice
    • Developing stronger partnerships
    • Supporting quality teaching and school leadership
    • Promoting world-class curriculum and assessment
    • Improving educational outcomes for Indigenous youth and disadvantaged young Australians
    • Strengthening accountability and transparency.

    The strategies are supported by Smarter Schools National Partnerships (NP), a set of agreements between the Australian Government and all States and Territories which aim to improve the quality of Australian schooling and student outcomes. Over the next five years there will also continue to be progress in development and implementation of national curriculum, assessment and reporting, and in professional teaching and leadership standards.

    In Victoria, the Blueprint for Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD 2008) sets out the Victorian Government’s five-year reform agenda for learning and development from birth to adulthood.

    Catholic education in Melbourne works closely with governments to realise our shared educational goals while remaining faithful to the mission of the Church. To equip students to be successful learners and persons better adapted to the challenges of rapid technological and social change, Catholic school communities need to be adaptive and responsive to new ways of teaching and learning.