An educational initiative and a celebration of London’s bountiful culture. Children learn about each subject reverting back to the city for inspiration.
Partnering with the Mayor’s Fund for London and the Greater London Authority, BE OPEN supports ‘London Curriculum’ – a unique and ambitious project, set to revitalise teaching and learning across the city.
‘London Curriculum’ is as much of an education initiative as it is a celebration of London’s bountiful cultural landscape. At the core of the project is a belief in the essential uniqueness of the UK capital as an unrivalled hub of cultural, artistic and historical dynamism. Tailor-made specifically for primary school children, and spanning a range of arts and science disciplines, this programme aims to reinvigorate core academic subjects with a refreshingly local dimension; London itself will serve as a vehicle of discovery.
From Victorian bridge building, through to sustainable urban planning and even portrait painting, children will learn about engineering, geography and art – each subject, in its own way, reverting back to London as its source of inspiration. Not only will this afford children the perspective to approach unfamiliar subjects through a familiar point of reference, it will also enrich their knowledge and appreciation for the global significance of their home city.
The innovative spirit of the ‘London Curriculum’ project is characteristic of the BE OPEN Foundation’s ethos: BE OPEN’s ultimate aim is to encourage younger generations to think globally, by learning to approach the world with an informed, open and universal outlook. Over the years, the Foundation has implemented a variety of projects aimed at bringing people together, promoting freedom of thought, and promoting people and ideas able to make a positive change.
With the success of ‘London Curriculum’, its developers hope eventually to extend this initiative to other cities in Britain and further on to some of the many great metropolises of the world, so that more and more children can benefit from the invaluable access to all the intellectual and cultural treasures that their cities can offer.