How do we prepare our children for a future that is changing at an almost unreasonable pace? Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) says:
We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.
A seasoned educator recently said that, after twenty-five years of teaching she realized that we need to rethink our methods of teaching. One of her Grade 12 students wrote: “Today teachers teach us what they know instead of teaching us what we want and need to know.” This confirms that we cannot continue to use the same teaching methods or interact with information in the same way we did twenty years ago. The challenge of the future is not so much that there will not be jobs available but rather that our children will not be equipped with the specific skills to face the day-to-day challenges that the available jobs will require.
There has never been a more crucial time to re-wire learners’ minds through developing their visual processing and cognitive skills. We need to equip them with the right set of skills in order to succeed in this globally and digitally interconnected world. This act of upskilling will be crucial to retain or attain employment over the next few years.
The silver lining is that while millions of jobs might be lost to new technology, it will also create many new jobs, some of which we can’t even imagine today.
Lectorsa, a leading research and development company, realized more than thirty years ago that a change in education is going to be inevitable. For this reason, they developed an on-line solution (LAB-on-line) to help prepare our future generation for this moment and the challenges involved. The vision at Lectorsa is to change the face of education, so that the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution, would not be seen as problems, but rather as opportunities.
(This is an extract of an article written by Minda Marshall, co-director of Lectorsa.)