3 Dec 2017
Future of Education Conference Held at GEMS CIN
Do you know what the future holds for humanity let alone for education? Neither does our scholarly key speaker at the Future of Education conference held last week, November 29, 2017, Prof Edward Kiesewetter.
The robots are coming!
What we know is that 65% of 12 year olds will work in jobs that currently do not exist. This is not surprising considering the daily advancements in technology that create new jobs as they come while making others obsolete.
Character Building is timeless
Prof Kiesewetter’s speech was enlightening and emphasized on the aspects of education that are timeless because more than anything the world needs decent, caring and grounded people. Regardless of what field a student aspires to get into, they will need to be armed with 21st Century skills, which are;
- Critical Thinking
Educators need to ensure that these skills are developed from the early stages of schooling. This way, students can adapt to any environment they are placed in by applying these enduring competencies.
What it takes to get into top universities
At the event were representatives from top universities in the US and UK (Yale, SCAD, University of Cambridge and Imperial College London) who shared briefly on what the top tier universities have in readiness for the constantly evolving job market and what makes a student eligible.
GEMS Education, where no child is left behind
It was an honour for the GEMS Education family to host the first of a series of events that promote the conversation. This is just the beginning of the conversation. At GEMS, we are not just thinking about the wellbeing of the GEMS student but that of all the children in the communities where we work, especially in Africa. We believe quality education is not a privilege but a birthright and this is the reason why GEMS Education is introducing “Dream Africa” schools, the first of which is already operational in Uganda. With Dream Africa schools, children who would otherwise not access quality education will do so at just 200 dollars a year.
It is clear that students today are no longer just competing with their classmates but with their peers across the globe. This is why the system as a whole needs to maintain a global approach to learning that will produce global citizens.
We hope to continue engaging educators, parents, organisations and even the students to prepare for both the known and unknown elements of the future.