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Nurturing Systems Thinking for Social Innovation and Sustainability in Education

Social innovation plays a pivotal role in addressing the complex challenges faced by educators in the field of education. It fosters positive change, promotes inclusivity, and ensures that education remains relevant and impactful in our ever-changing world. By enabling the development of innovative approaches, programs, and partnerships, social innovation caters to the diverse needs of learners and contributes to a more equitable and sustainable education system.

An important benefit of social innovation in education is its ability to foster collaboration and partnerships among various stakeholders. By bringing together educators, policymakers, communities and businesses, social innovation creates opportunities to combine expertise, resources and networks. Through these collaborations, innovative educational solutions can be developed to effectively tackle complex challenges and maximize their collective impact.

Compass Education is committed to empowering educators by instilling confidence in incorporating social innovation and sustainable development into the curriculum. By developing competencies in systems thinking, educators can design engaging learning activities that promote collaboration and communication among students. Leveraging the principles of interdependence and interrelationships within systems thinking, learners are inspired and equipped to contribute to a more sustainable
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For instance, at the British University of Vietnam, a remarkable workshop on “Design Thinking for Sustainable Innovation“ was organized by Kate Dore and a team from the United Nations International School in Hanoi. The workshop received positive feedback, with an impressive 99% rating, prompting the scheduling of four additional workshops. As a result, the British University committed to supporting UNIS Hanoi by training local Vietnamese staff in utilizing these tools and mastering the design thinking process.

A crucial aspect of social innovation in education is its emphasis on systems thinking, which encourages critical reflection on existing structures, policies, and practices. The goal is to identify and challenge barriers and biases that impede equitable and inclusive education. By driving systemic change, social innovation contributes to the overall transformation of education for the better.

To support educators in their efforts, Compass Education has curated a comprehensive resource pack. This pack not only grants us access to invaluable resources highlighting the impact of social innovation on shaping a more equitable and sustainable education system, but also facilitates a comprehensive exploration of systems thinking tools in propelling social innovation within education.

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Zhenying Liang

Zhenying Liang is an IB educator with over eight years of teaching experience. She is inspired by collaborating with colleagues and being part of the learning journey with students. She holds a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture and Master's in Education. Currently, she is working on a Master's degree in Global Environment and Sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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