Contributor to Community and Society

Both the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland curricula identify the ability of an individual to contribute to their community and society as an important skill.

The Northern Ireland Curriculum states the following as their key objectives at Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4:

  • To develop the young person as an individual
  • To develop the young person as a contributor to society
  • To develop the young person as a contributor to the economy and environment

The following links show the Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 ‘Big Picture’ plans from CCEA:

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment state the following as their aims:

  • To enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual
  • To enable the child to develop as a social being through living and cooperating with others and so contribute to the good of society
  • To prepare the child for further education and lifelong learning.

In the initial stages contributing to the community or society in which one lives can be developed through effective contribution to their school class for example interaction with the teacher, classroom assistants and their peers, participation in tasks whether academic or play related. They can also contribute to family life for example involvement with household chores such as clearing the table, helping with the laundry, or indeed interacting with their siblings and extended family members.

Young people will also experience greater self – worth if they are enabled to contribute to the community in which they live whether through volunteering or employment. Ninci et al., (2015) suggests that the acquisition of vocational skills (finding and maintaining an appropriate job) is pivotal to independence and meaningful community participation. For young people  classified as having High Functioning autism i.e IQ 70 + (Howlin, 2003) the following video from Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, identifies seven essential life skills in order that they can contribute effectively to the world of work.

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