Updated: January 24, 2022 1:07 PM IS
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]January 24 (ANI/NewsVoir): The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed January 24 as the International Day of Education to celebrate the critical role that education plays in creating peace and development.
UNESCO states that, “Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will fail to achieve gender equality and break the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind” . However, the pandemic has perpetuated this cycle and made us question whether the old methods of delivering education were adequate. Education expert Rajesh Bhatia, founder of the pioneering online preschool chain TreeHouse Education, believes the future of education is inclusive, equitable and virtual. These are the five emerging trends that could redefine the meaning and scope of education according to Rajesh Bhatia.
Education will be hybrid and digitally adaptable
Rajesh Bhatia says: “According to a publication on unesco.org, 258 million children and young people in the world are still out of school and more than 617 million children and adolescents cannot read or do basic math. The pandemic has further exacerbated this inequity and I believe that only hybrid, flexible and adaptive education can help to close these gaps. This means that where we cannot build infrastructure, we must create digital networks to teach children. Education will have to adapt to the world after the pandemic with a combination of online and offline modules”. Innovations like gamification have altered the way students interact with their curricula, and more digital tools will make learning increasingly interactive. Rajesh Bhatia says, “Online education is estimated to be $2 billion in India by 2021 and online schools are going to grow in huge numbers. This will also make education more affordable and inclusive.”
Education will be more personalized
Rote learning and lack of individualization will now be a thing of the past, says Rajesh Bhatia, adding: “We must prepare students to not only fit in but to stand out as global citizens who have something unique to offer. Therefore, it is important to engage with young minds with caution and sensitivity and mold them to process knowledge rather than passively absorb it We will need to create modules where unique talents are nurtured rather than erased to mingle with a sea of mediocrity Excellence comes from the passion for learning and knowledge and that is missing in our curricula right now.
Education will focus less on classification systems
An obsession with grades, percentages and rankings is unhealthy, creates unnecessary anxiety and stress, and serves no purpose, says Rajesh Bhatia, adding: “The pandemic showed us that grades and rankings are not as important as closing learning gaps, taking care of our children’s mental health and encouraging them to do their best instead of aiming for unrealistic scores I hope this becomes normative in the future and our education system becomes less rigid and more empathetic to the different ways children learn and encourage them accordingly.” Artificial intelligence (AI), he adds, will also be used more and more in the evaluation process.
Vocational training and non-conventional courses will gain importance
TreeHouse Education has already started vocational courses for school-going children, Rajesh Bhatia reports, saying students not only need to be educated, but also employable when they go out into the real world. He adds: “They will need to stay on top of new learning strategies and digital advances in various fields such as data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. They will need to have a deep understanding of how industries work and have skills that can be applied in multiple fields. They will have to constantly improve their skills to meet the demands of the global job market and mere academic learning is not enough to help them succeed.” He says that courses in digital content creation, video editing, design public relations, etc. they are also gaining popularity along with the conventional ones that relate to industries like law, banking, hospitality, etc. In short, vocational courses will have to become an intrinsic part of the learning process along with all the nourishment that conventional education provides through books.
Education will focus on creating complete individuals.
Empathy is the hallmark of a well-rounded individual and in a world where economic and social disparity abounds, education will need to sensitize students to actively engage with their environment and help change the narrative, says Rajesh Bhatia.
He explains: “The pandemic has made it abundantly clear that a crisis hits the economically disadvantaged most severely. We cannot stand outside of this pandemic as educators and not teach students how to become active citizens and not just exist in a bubble.” Helping others is a way of helping yourself because only equitable growth is sustainable in the long term.”
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