By the time the school entrants of today enter the workforce, Asia’s middle-class is expected to have reached three billion people. The Asia-Pacific region will be home to 60 per cent of the world’s middle class.
In 2030, three of the four biggest economies will be in Asia. China is expected to have the largest economy, followed by the US, India and Japan.
Asia’s transformation is transforming New Zealand too. Forty percent of our export goods go to Asia. China is now New Zealand’s largest trade partner. More than 20 percent of in-bound tourists are from Asia and China is our largest source of overseas students.
Nearly one in four Aucklanders are of Asian descent, a figure projected to grow to nearly one in three by 2038. Asian populations are also rising in other parts of New Zealand.
Jeff Johnstone, Education Director at the Asia New Zealand Foundation, shares how school leaders can ensure their school equips students to thrive in their future lives and careers in this Asian century.
Last week Jeff presented to lead teachers and Principals from our ALLiS project about being equipped to thrive with Asia. He outlined the growing influence of Asia in NZ, not only through trade and economy but also through cultural influences. Auckland is already being labelled a super diverse city, there are high numbers of migrants but also increasing numbers of kiwi born Asian. The demographics show that Asia will be a big part of our students future lives and we need to help them prepare to engage. Our discussions focused on maintaining the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi and te Reo Māori first; consulting with the school community; weaving in an Asian perspective to our charters and curriculum (integrate not add on).
Jeff talked about the role of Asia New Zealand Foundation - subscribe to their newsletter to be part of their Educator Network; in country teacher immersion opportunities; and upcoming teaching resources portal launching next year.
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