4th April 2019
Being curious about yourself, about others, and about the world
As Spring arrives, we’re delighted to announce that Curiosity Club continues to blossom with 2 new partners in London. The need for environments where young people can express their vulnerabilities and curiosities, to be met with the support and guidance to build their own networks of inspiring leaders, is as urgent as ever before.
Young people in London are currently immersed in a world of narrowing opportunity and a spreading sense of hopelessness. As the national agenda for schools becomes more rigid and outcomes focused, we feel that there is a limited space for young people to feel free in their learning and to create a deeper connection between themselves and how they want to be in the world.
With more than 43% of children in London saying there are worried about getting a job after they leave school, the space for young people to reflect and connect with themselves is becoming more and more urgent. We believe young people need the space to explore themselves without a predetermined agenda and without prescribed outcomes. They need the space to follow their ideas and curiosities.
We see Curiosity as a desire to follow a path beyond your current context, it is the desire to learn more about the stories of people and places. 65% of children entering school today will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist, and so we believe there’s a serious need to keep feeding their curiosity. The spirit of inquiry needs to be alive all throughout life, so young people can always be critical, so they have the space to be imaginative and so they hold the drive to create new possibilities for themselves.
At Curiosity Club, we strive to create the space for young people to nurture their curiosities, build their confidence to articulate their aspirations, and be the leaders of their own futures.
We provide young people with an alternative learning experience that enables them to build from the ‘self’ and lead on their aspirations. It follows the curiosities, sparks of interest and passions of young people. It is hands on and stems from project based learning to creates the space for collective meaning-making that offers new perspective, fresh understanding and empathy. Through a trusted community of young people, they can gently explore personal barriers, such as confidence, through following their curiosities. Young people are constructing meaning about themselves, about the relationships they are building with each other, and about the possibilities the world can offer them.
Curiosity Club works to close the gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their more advantaged peers by following lines of flight. During the programme, students are brought face to face with their curiosity, and they witness how they can control the success of their ambitions with the right toolkit. They learn that talents and skills related to confidence and employability are not something we're born with, but something we can learn and improve with work, determination, and curiosity.
1 The happiness of the UK's schoolchildren - in eight charts https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/oct/28/happiness-uk-schoolchildren-eight-charts
2 The Future of Jobs Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
3 Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood, Peter Moss, p112