Challenges of the 21st Century
“My interest is in the future, because I am going to spend the rest of my life there”
~Charles F. Kettering
We live in a world of unprecedented and exponential change: the explosion of information, new technologies, digital communication and economic and cultural globalization. It is also a time when the opportunities this brings, are overshadowed by global issues of poverty, health, conflict, human rights and the environment.
Education has always been the key to help individuals and society to progress. But the challenges facing youth and the world today and in the future require our approach to education to recognize and respond to these challenges and opportunities.
It is no longer possible to teach students all that they need to know even for today’s world, let alone the world that will exist in 20-30 years. Success in the future requires us to redefine what it means to be ‘smart’ in the 21st century – to be thinkers, inquirers, creators and communicators; to be IT savvy, adaptive and socially responsible.
To achieve this, schools must provide an environment of curiosity, teach the skills of life-long learning and practice working in collaborative teams to explore, solve problems, create and communicate. Today’s youth need to be passionate, innovative, cross-cultural, enterprising and caring.
This is the challenge that Sinarmas World Academy embraces in its mission to prepare our students for the future.