On Wednesday 8th September, Cowes Enterprise College Principal, Rachel Kitley, spoke at the Virtual Island Summit (VIS) . The VIS is an online event that connects remote, rural and island communities from across the world to share common experiences and learn from innovators and experts, using video conferencing technology for a zero-carbon conference. The VIS sees attendees from over 500 island communities, including Vancouver, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Panama, Curaçao, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and Ireland.
Wednesday's summit discussed ‘Developing a Broad and Sustainable Island Curriculum’ and explored different examples and approaches for schools and colleges on islands to develop a curriculum rooted in the geography, history and heritage of their island setting.
Mrs Kitley spoken on why is it so important to build on the island’s unique geography, history and culture rather than just go for a generic curriculum. She also discussed the academy’s work with The Edge Foundation in the development our Maritime Futures curriculum.
The Maritime Futures curriculum is offered to all Cowes Enterprise College in Key Stage 3. The academy aims to embrace our rich local heritage and place demanding academic concepts and techniques into ‘real life’ settings using our close ties with the maritime industry.