Coronavirus-related disruption can give educators time to rethink the sector.Technology has stepped into the breach, and will continue to play a key role in educating future generations.In a world where knowledge is a mouse-click away, the role of the educator must change too.For a while now, educators around the world have been talking about the need to rethink how we educate future generations. This might just be the disruption that the sector needed to get us all to rethink how we educate, and question what we need to teach and what we are preparing our students for.
Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 1.3-1.5 billion students and youth across the planet are affected by school and university closures. These nationwide closures are impacting over 72% of the world’s student population. Several other countries have implemented localized closures impacting millions of additional learners.
Why is the right ecosystem essential for imparting quality education?
- Today, it is very difficult to predict over half the expertise and skill sets which will be required in the next 5 years.
- The concept of lifelong learning will have to be embedded in the way we teach our youth.
- Over the years, through various initiatives, educational institutions have been made accessible to all across the country.
Now, the next stage would be to ensure that students remain enrolled, and learn — so that they become empowered and productive citizens, who can be the key participants in nation-building and growth-linked economic development.
Some of the measures are-
- Redefining the role of the educator
With students being able to gain access to knowledge, and even learn a technical skill, through a few clicks on their phones, tablets and computers, we will need to redefine the role of the educator in the classroom and lecture theatre. This may mean that the role of educators will need to move towards facilitating young people’s development as contributing members of society.
- More gratitude for teachers
Teachers are among the unsung heroes of COVID-19: preparing resources and guidance for remote learning.Once the working world regains a degree of normality, we won’t take our essential workers for granted so much. Teachers will be among these.
3. Teaching life skills needed for the future
In this ever-changing global environment, young people require resilience and adaptability – skills that are proving to be essential to navigate effectively through this pandemic.Looking into the future, some of the most important skills that employers will be looking for will be creativity, communication and collaboration, alongside empathy and emotional intelligence; and being able to work across demographic lines of differences to harness the power of the collective through effective teamwork.
4. Extra-curricular activities
Extra-curricular activities are also a key component in sustaining a youngster’s interest at school. Schools should have requisite sporting facilities and avenues for cultural events, which together contribute to building a student’s life skills and personality.
5. Vocational skills and training
The dignity and importance of vocational education, skills and training will be reflected in what we teach.The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of the global economy to collapses in essential supplies. There will therefore have to be a related push for vocational skills and training, and higher status for schools and programs that provide it.
6. Unlocking technology to deliver education
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in educational institutions across the world being compelled to suddenly harness and utilize the suite of available technological tools to create content for remote learning for students in all sectors.
Tomorrow will be a new dawn. What we make of it is entirely in our own hands. Change is desirable; change is inevitable. Whether we use the opportunity to advantage or let it pass us by will decide whether the future will shock us or we will create shock-absorbers that will in fact use the impact to cushion us in our journey to a better tomorrow.
- India Today
- Economic Times
-Article by-Avantika Pandey
–Edited by-Shweta Mittal