Beyond the classroom

With so much to navigate, what skills do young people meed to ensure they are ready for future opportunities and challenges? What does it mean to be ‘World Ready’?

Tried and tested; formal education models have been helping to prepare young people for their futures for generations, in many societies. In some, access to school is a relatively new-found right; in others, that right has still to be won.

However, many are now recognising that a less structured form of learning (though still with defined outcomes) delivered through what is known as non-formal education, also needs to play a key role in the development of young people.

Read on, for more about the Award, the importance of non-formal education and some of the global opinions on what it means to be ‘World Ready’.

”Being ready to meet each day, head on; ready to learn, ready to adapt; ready to question, ready to be questioned; ready to lead, ready to follow; ready to stand up for others and for what is right; ready to do the right thing – always; ready to work, ready to play; ready to laugh, ready to cry – Being World Ready is about being ready for life”. – John May, Secretary General, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation