After all that we have faced resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, everybody is rethinking their lifestyles, way of business, standard of living, method of education, so on and so forth. We are all facing new opportunities as well as challenges each day. For a while now, educators all over the globe have been rethinking ways to educate the future generations.
The question here is, what and how things need to be taught to the future generations. Educators are grappling on new ways of communicating with students outside the classrooms. This time should be used to reflect on how this crisis can help formulate learning for generations to come.
The Covid-19 crisis has taught us that the education all over the world needs to change to help young learners prepare for what the future might hold for them. Some ways to achieve this change are:
An Interconnected World: Due to this pandemic, we have all known how the world is interconnected and there are no such things as isolated issues. In the coming decades, educators and institutions need to know the interrelatedness and navigate across boundaries to work efficiently.
Redefining the Role of An Educator: As a guide to young learners, an educator is the one who imparts wisdom to the following generation. However, this knowledge is no longer fit for the 21st century. All the knowledge in the world is available on the internet and eliminates the need for an educator. Hence, the need to redefine their role is vital.
Teaching Life Skills: This ever-changing environment requires young people to possess qualities like resilience, adaptability, etc. These skills are proving to be very essential to navigate effectively through pandemic times like these. With the unforeseeable future ahead, it can be said that employers will be looking for important skills like creativity, communication, collaboration, empathy, etc.
Technology Tailor-made to Deliver Education: Remote learning for students of all sectors has proven to be incrementally essential. Educators are currently using any available suite of technology to fulfill their teaching needs. This brings us to the notion that new modes of instruction need to be invented.