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