“In many coun­tries across the re­gion, the very idea of ed­u­ca­tion is chang­ing rapidly, with new skills re­quired for a chang­ing world”

Southeast Asia Globe - - Editorial - Dene Mullen, edi­tor in chief

Search for ‘ed­u­ca­tion quotes' on Google images and one is pre­sented with the usual mis­cel­lany of per­ceived wis­dom, pre­sented in a ca­coph­ony of fonts along­side graph­ics rang­ing from a class­room black­board to a bunch of grapes. “Ed­u­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful weapon we can use to change the world,” says po­lit­i­cal icon Nel­son Man­dela. “I never teach my pupils. I only pro­vide the con­di­tions in which they can learn,” says the­o­ret­i­cal physicist Al­bert Ein­stein. “I'll watch movies I like to see, Steve Jobs in­ter­views, some­thing that's go­ing to make me smart, and then go to sleep,” says ac­tor's spawn Jaden Smith.

Of course, the thoughts of Will Smith's son are com­pletely ir­rel­e­vant in al­most ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, and the accuracy of in­ter­net memes should never be trusted, but there is lit­tle doubt that ed­u­ca­tion is the key to the fu­ture, from Smith's Hol­ly­wood abode to our home of South­east Asia. And the amount of ad­vice about the right way to ed­u­cate your kids (and your­self ) can be over­whelm­ing.

In many coun­tries across the re­gion, the very idea of ed­u­ca­tion is chang­ing rapidly, with new skills re­quired for a chang­ing world and ex­tra fo­cus on per­sonal de­vel­op­ment in ar­eas such as well­be­ing and emo­tional re­silience.

As we find in our ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial (page 63), the need for a holis­tic ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion has prob­a­bly never been greater, and a num­ber of out­stand­ing in­sti­tu­tions are tak­ing up the chal­lenge.

Ed­u­ca­tion is also at the heart of one of our key fea­tures this month, in which we head to Al-Hi­dayah, an Is­lamic board­ing school in In­done­sia with a twist: it was started by a for­mer ter­ror­ist and caters to kids from sim­i­lar back­grounds (page 48).

Else­where, we pay homage to a ven­er­a­ble in­sti­tu­tion of a dif­fer­ent kind in a piece that tells the in­side story of the Cam­bo­dia

Daily and the ob­ses­sive pub­lisher who helped make it one of the re­gion's finest news­pa­pers (page 40).

Fi­nally, and in slightly lighter ter­ri­tory, we ask what­ever hap­pened to the Tiger Girls, the Myan­mar girl band with shades of the Spice Girls who were briefly an in­ter­na­tional sensation be­fore learn­ing their own lessons about the na­ture of fame (page 23).

d.mullen@globe­me­di­aa­sia.com

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