World 23

In World 23, Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The driving message of the Brexit campaign was to reinstate the UK’s status as a world leader in crafts. To engage this change the newly elected Green Party went about changing the school curriculum.

In primary schools, 50% of the time traditionally allocated to Maths is to be replaced by crafts. Students ditch pens and pencils in favour of knitting needles and cross-stitch. This new subject offers pupils the chance to explore their local creative heritage and will also teach children the invaluable nature of craft, leading to a society that places higher value on created goods.

What if …

crafts were a part of the curriculum in the UK?

Issue targeted:

the lack of widespread knowledge of how products are designed and made and further – how to mend


when I was in primary school, I took part in a sewing after school club, I believe this has given me an appreciation for craft and clothing

This World was contributed by Tamsin Johnson (located in Loughborough, UK) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions