The ACES Charter

This charter presents the insights from the ACES project, which is an international research project entitled “A Community-Centred Educational Model for Developing Social Resilience”, funded by the UKRI-Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). From 2020 to early 2023, the project examined the benefits of using playful, frugal, and co-creative approaches to education in order to develop individual, community, and institutional resilience in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

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“Play is an easy, natural and universal practice that builds resilience”
UNESCO (2019)

The project aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of providing equitable, inclusive quality education through the investigations into experiential, co-creative, and participatory activities that are informed by frugal education principles to achieve sustainability. Through a community-centred approach, young people have been developing non-discipline specific capabilities that will help them become active lifelong learners and contributors to their communities.

Educators, whether formal or informal, and local community groups have been involved in the project to draw on local knowledge and experience and to encourage co-creation and ownership of the educational process, resources, and spaces by the community. This charter shares the collective learning from the ACES project and proposes the ACES values for developing and implementing meaningful formal and informal educational resources and spaces towards an inclusive, safe, and resilient society.


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