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Cambridge syllabuses and assessments develop critical thinking, communication skills and the application of knowledge - the types of '21st century skills' valued by universities and employers.
Where meaningful, our syllabuses also promote student enquiry and collaboration. A project carried out by Cambridge International AS Level Economics students at The British International College in South Africa is a good example of the type of active learning promoted by Cambridge. Learners investigated the impact of the E-toll initiative on the South African economy - a road toll system which has caused much debate in the country.
Ralph Stewart, Economics teacher, said his learners' enthusiasm for the topic inspired his teaching. He said: "I believe that practical projects greatly assist in achieving the assessment objectives of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Economics course, such as explaining and analysing economics issues, using relevant economic concepts, theories and information. Exposure to 'real world' economic situations helps to fulfil various areas of the syllabus in an effective and stimulating manner, and develops a facility for self expression."
Mehraab Majeed, a student at the British International College, said carrying out a research project on such an important economic issue had been really beneficial.: "It allowed me to not only research in depth, but also to understand how various aspects of society can and are being affected by one single decision and action."
The students really enjoyed the group-work element of the project. Alex Radev said: "It was great working on this project, and seeing the different ideas and opinions of my fellow classmates." Noma Veremu added: "It was fun and enriching to my studying. It has helped me to understand my subject as I am now looking at every topic to a greater degree and applying my knowledge to day-to-day situations in the country."
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