VISION, MISSION & PHILOSPHY
We envision our graduates to be entrepreneurial leaders,
global citizens and transformative thinkers,
ready to create value for a rapidly changing world.
Footprints for Learning Academy will transform education with entrepreneurship skillsets to empower its learners to thrive, contribute, and lead in tomorrow's world. The FFLA graduates will possess an entrepreneurial network of competencies, a global awareness of context, and a strength of character to be lifelong learners willing to problem-solve with confidence, purpose, resilience, and creativity for the betterment of themselves, their communities and the world.
At Footprints for Learning Academy (FFLA), our MISSION is to provide students with an authentic learning journey that fosters academic achievement, learner competencies, and a global mindset within an entrepreneurship framework. It is through entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that we empower students to become responsible and responsive global citizens who understand how to contribute value to our learning and living as individuals and as a society.
The Footprints for Learning Academy philosophy drives our unique charter and shapes our vision and mission. Focused on the student first, it guides our pedagogical practice and imparts perspective for continued research. Our philosophy focuses on three defining intentions that are reflected in our teaching and learning:
Empowering Purpose-Driven Learning
We believe that every student has a unique purpose and passion waiting to be discovered. We strive to create an environment that supports and encourages students to explore their interests, develop their talents, and identify their purpose in life. Through personalized learning pathways, we empower students to take ownership of their education and bring their talents to fruition, ensuring that their educational journey is both meaningful and fulfilling.
Developing a Holistic Approach
We believe that overarching objective education is not solely about academic achievement; it is a holistic endeavour designed to nurture students – intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. By promoting inclusivity, fostering a supportive community and providing opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth, we create an environment where students can flourish.
Providing Authentic Learning Experiences
We believe that real-world experiences are invaluable in shaping a student’s understanding and application of knowledge. Our curriculum emphasizes authentic learning experiences, where students engage with real-life challenges and contexts. Through internships, community partnerships, and projects that have a tangible impact, students develop a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between their learning and the world around them. These experiences allow them to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills, enabling them to thrive in diverse settings.
We inspire one another with intellectual curiosity, creativity and resourcefulness, and actively engage in the process of learning. We seek solutions and consider the myriad ways our efforts can add value.
We value the learning process as much as the outcome; we fail forward with patience and humility and celebrate resilience.
We embrace the benefits of a diverse, global community, cultivating and deepening our empathy, compassion and perspectives.
We cultivate greater understanding of ourselves, our communities and our responsibilities in a global society. We recognize and honor that we are each a valued part of something greater than ourselves.
We nurture and promote the holistic development of character.
We pursue a life of flourishing by investing in ourselves, in one another, and in our global environment.
We adopt an innovation mindset in our teaching, learning and leading.
From these principles, we derive our Core Values:
Key Program Components
Embedding an Entrepreneurship Focus
Entrepreneurship is not limited to business ventures alone, but rather a mindset that encourages creativity, innovation, and problem-solving where each can offer value to the system. We aim to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in our students, equipping them with the competencies, skills, knowledge, and mindset necessary to navigate an ever-changing world. By encouraging risk-taking, resilience, and an appetite for learning from failure, we foster an entrepreneurial mindset that enables students to adapt, discover opportunity, and become proactive contributors to society.
Fostering a Global Mindset
In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, global awareness and understanding are critical. We believe that a planetary perspective enriches students’ learning experiences and equips them to address complex global issues with a sense of compassion and respect. We strive to foster inclusiveness and awareness by exposing students to different cultures, perspectives, and challenges. Through interdisciplinary studies, cultural exchanges, and international collaborations, we encourage students to become empathetic, culturally competent, and socially responsible citizens of this world.
Inspiring Transformational Leadership
Our increasingly complex world is changing how we need to prepare students for the future. Strategic decision-making, collaboration, resilience and the ability to navigate complexity and rapid change are becoming increasingly important. Leadership is no longer considered the domain of the few but rather a fundamental life skill. Through a transformational leadership approach, FFLA empowers students not only with the skills necessary to undertake the tasks of leadership, but the attitudes and mindset that will enable them to understand and value how leaders serve as role models, make good decisions, and influence others in a positive way. Through experiential learning, including service learning, students will become engaged and ethical leaders taking responsibility for solving complex problems, providing value and meeting tangible needs.