This is not a test: Contemporary approaches to global citizenship

Hamish Curry1

1Executive Director, Asia Education Foundation (AEF)

These are indeed testing times. Not because our students are doing more multiple choice, but because of the imperative that they engage with the real world, its issues and its inventions. Global citizenship and global competence are seeing a sharp rise into the radar of many education systems again, with educators broadening their horizons and students developing better networks.

With a range of rich examples of schools and organisations from Australia and beyond, this presentation will highlight how they are internationalising education, and the processes that shift mindsets. From challenging assumptions and stereotypes to improving skills in empathy and resolution, schools sit at the heart of designing contemporary approaches to global citizenship; without sitting a test.


In his role with the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) Hamish Curry collaborates with an incredible team to develop the intercultural knowledge and skills of Australian students and educators. The AEF uses extensive networks throughout Asia to involve students and educators in reciprocal experiences that open up shared dialogues for co-creating teaching and learning.

Hamish has an extensive background in leading education and designing learning over the last 20 years. He was previously based with the international design thinking firm NoTosh working with many schools, businesses, and cultural organisations around Australia and Asia in designing better learning through immersive processes and prototyping. Hamish worked for 6 years at the State Library of Victoria as the Education Manager where he developed many successful and award-winning learning programs for education and public audiences alike, bringing new communities, technologies, and experiences together. He has also lead the development of an innovative Year 9 City Campus in Melbourne for nearly 7 years, and has been a teacher in the UK and Japan.

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