Education, like every aspect of modern life, keeps adapting and evolving to meet the needs of society. Unfortunately, the South African education system is not keeping pace with developments and innovation in the education space.
While our government spend on education is one of the highest in the world (20% of GDP), we are not seeing the return on investment reflected across our skilled labour workforce. With our youth unemployment rate at 58%, the second highest in the world, I believe a huge part of this is attributed to our education system failing to prepare young South Africans for the demands and realities of a fast-paced working environment that is propelled by technology.
Simply put, what we teach our learners in school must directly correlate with them becoming thriving, and economically active citizens. To keep up with international best practice, schools need to re-imagine their curriculum to help pupils learn through gaming; turn classrooms into active learning spaces and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for learner assessments, all while placing a huge emphasis on their mental health.
Heading into a new year, some of the newest education trends emerging pay much closer attention to individual growth and wellness, as well as recognising that the world is just a village, and everyone is a mouse click away from anyone else.
Below are four of the major education trends of 2024, and trends we so desperately need to adopt in the South African education system:
Equipping learners with the skills they need to survive and thrive outside of school is not difficult to do, but the will must be there. It is crucial that South African children are exposed to these education trends as it’s the only way to equip them for a brighter future. Written by the founder and CEO of Centennial Schools, Shaun Fuchs.
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Written by: Lindiwe Mabena