RSC partners with software developer Adobe to teach digital and creative skills to schoolchildren
The Royal Shakespeare Company is partnering with computer software creator Adobe to bring digital learning into its education offering for schools.
A long-term partnership has been established between the two companies, aimed at developing classroom practices that will focus on problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.
These three areas are identified by the World Economic Forum as being the top skills needed by children for future success.
As a result, Adobe is partnering with the RSC on its touring productions for seven to 13-year-olds for the first time, and including a “digital learning experience” that will be offered to schools taking trips to the show.
Teachers will also receive free resources based around the RSC’s rehearsal room approach to teaching Shakespeare and Adobe’s technological tools including video, production, graphics and animation.
It will be run through the Adobe Spark for Education application, which is free for schools, and will form part of a larger series of initiatives to be announced.
The announcement follows a recent survey by the RSC, Tate and the University of Nottingham, which argued that young people consistently reported that arts subjects were the only place they were able to develop creatively and enhance their critical thinking.
RSC education director Jacqui O’Hanlon said the ability to think critically and creatively had become a vital skill for young people, and claimed creative learning is a vehicle to explore this.
“The arts make us think deeply about what it is to be human. They encourage empathy, help us develop tolerance and show us new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us.
“These things are essential if we want to equip young people, not just with the skills that they need to succeed in the workplace, but with the attributes they need to find their place in the world and contribute positively to their communities and society at large.”