About the Theme

Today's students will graduate into a world that will look very different from the one their parents and teachers knew. One of the most profound but least appreciated factors shaping this new world is the phenomenon known commonly as, "the rise of Asia."

APF Canada supports programs and activities and creates resources and opportunities that strengthen and broaden 'Asia competence' among Canada's next generation.

We are achieving these outcomes by:

• Partnering with Canadian high-school teachers to incorporate a stronger focus on Asia into their classroom teaching (starting fall 2016).
• Providing financial support to post-secondary students, through their university or college, to pursue co-op or other internship placements in Asia.
• Connecting directly with Canada's Asia-engaged youth through our Asia Pacific Youth Council and student workshops and seminars.
• Convening stakeholders who share our commitment to support the next generation of Asia-competent Canadians.

APF Canada's recent work on building Canada's Asia competence includes: a 2012 Education in Canada-Asia Relations survey of Asia-engaged members of the private, public and education sectors, which found that 60 per cent of 'Asia practitioners' had difficulty finding qualified Canadians to fill Asia-related positions; the 2013 Asia Competence Task Force, which concluded that Canada is not doing enough to prepare its young people for an increasingly Asia-centred world; and, the 2014 Canada's Asia Challenge: Building Skills and Knowledge for the Next Generation national conference, which brought together stakeholders from business, government, K-to-12 and post-secondary education, NGOs and next-generation Canadians.

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