The transformation of education to adapt in a globalizing marketplace with advancing technology is a pressing concern for educators and policymakers in order to help students learn, fully develop and prepare students for life after graduation. A shift in demand for competencies and expertise, where jobs are now utilizing skills such as non-routine interpersonal and non-routine analytic skills, compared to previous decades that were more focused on routine cognitive and routine manual skills.
As the role of teachers change, the question before educators and policymakers is how schools and colleges can adopt to the changing demand of skills, and the digital revolution. This is further compounded by shifts in the economy, where the digital economy is now becoming the main economy, and schools will now be confronted with challenges and opportunities as they adopt to help students learn, including the organization of schools itself. While education today is mostly about the system, content, and mastery; education in the future will be about the learner, process, and skills. With the individual student, the learner and their families will create individualized learning playlists, reflecting their particular interests, goals, and values. This includes a shift from individual learning to collaborative learning, and from passive to active learning.
We call upon the stakeholders who are actively involved in education and skill development initiatives to come forth and join our hands to wind back the clock of changing requirements of eco system.
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