The top key skills needed for the future success of children
According to a new Citizens School study on the future of learning, educators must rethink how to make learning more relevant for children by giving them the skills they will need to flourish in the future.
The study, called the “Future of Learning”, describes how the UAE is taking the lead in promoting a curriculum that emphasizes the development of the technological, entrepreneurial and critical thinking abilities required for the future.
The study examines how Dubai and the UAE’s youngsters are in a special position because of their access to developing technologies, naturally diverse classrooms and progressive government policies. It also shows that modern education must change and adapt to results that cannot be captured in a report card, but rather by better preparing kids with the abilities they will need to flourish in the future.
“As the sum of human learning expands, the means of imparting this knowledge requires educators to re-imagine the traditional and challenge the conventional by giving children choices to explore themes, expand interests and discover new technologies to determine the routes they want to take to reach their full potential. We believe that today’s learners need essential entrepreneurial life skills to survive. Today’s learning experience needs to be curated to re-imagine learning, contributing towards a globally recognised future learning framework enabling learners to thrive and enjoy a better quality of life in the future,” says Dr. Adil Al Zarooni, Founder at Citizens School Dubai.
Hisham Hodroge, Chief Executive Officer at Citizens School Dubai, highlights the importance of reimagining educational journeys with the child at its centre. “The current education system focuses on one pathway, the examination which is essentially a transfer of information from teacher to student. This model needs to evolve when considering that data suggest 40% of nursery-aged children today will have to be either self-employed or entrepreneurs to generate any income. This requires a different learning philosophy aimed at enhancing quality of life by building future-ready mindsets that are ready to seize opportunities, lead change and understand that success and failure are necessary for personal growth.”
The Future of Learning white paper explores the history and evolution of education, global education trends, the leading role of the UAE’s future-focused government and survey results of over 1,200 UAE parents on how they perceived the quality of education.
According to the study, 69% of parents believe artificial intelligence and virtual reality will have the largest impact on their children’s future, followed by cryptocurrency and the metaverse (54%). At a time when Dubai is evolving in a direction led by rapid technologies and multi-faceted job roles, the white paper touches upon the importance of helping children develop skills and competencies that make them more adaptable to the realities of tomorrow.
Speaking about what this means for educators, Kephren Sherry, Head of Primary, Citizens School Dubai adds, “We must encourage our students to take ownership of their learning, empower them to explore their passions and to experience success and to deal with failure, seeing failure as a meaningful step to subsequent success. The teacher today is not the only source of knowledge, and the role of the teacher must be to guide, facilitate, and support the student in accessing knowledge from a myriad of sources, extracting key information and making sense of it; to be able to navigate and make decisions of the who, what, how, and why of the information, particularly in the complex real and virtual worlds that we all inhabit.”
For more information, you can download the study here