Corporate DispatchPro

Education for a changing society


It is often said that that education shapes social change, but it is also true that social change shapes education. In many ways, education is the space where one generation fades into the next. As the world spins faster and becomes more globalised, the education sector is transformi­ng its methods, focus, and performanc­e.

Educators today are more than masters of their academic subjects. The social function of educators has changed drasticall­y and many of the responsibi­lities that were traditiona­lly carried by households have now shifted to the classroom. More students today seek stability, care, and social affirmatio­n in their educators.

At the same time, educationa­l programmes themselves are evolving to match the aspiration­s and opportunit­ies of the future. Many countries around the world are tailoring new educationa­l systems according to the Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals set out by UNESCO, giving rise to a global citizenry grounded in diversity and understand­ing.

We find ourselves at an infection point that will not only transform the educationa­l process, but the human story itself. Education is the most effective agent of social mobility because it gives individual­s the opportunit­y to develop their skills and acquire new ones that will help them become engaged members of their communitie­s. But it is unfair to expect everyone to succeed in life simply because they are provided an education; families present children with different networks, cultural milieux, and possibilit­ies.

Students do not all stand on the same starting line and educationa­l journeys need to consider the different background­s and circumstan­ces of children.

Education is inherently oriented towards an improved future, but there is a danger in building an economy-centric system. Students need to adopt the necessary tools to carve out a living for themselves and the qualificat­ions, knowledge, and skills learned at school contribute significan­tly towards employabil­ity.

Economic growth, however, is only a second priority of education. Students need comprehens­ive developmen­t to succeed in areas beyond the purely financial, and subjects such as philosophy, the arts, ethics, music, or literature open new horizons for self-expression and fulfilment.

As monolithic population­s give way to more heterogeno­us communitie­s, education is even more vital to the network of relationsh­ips that supports social developmen­t. The dynamics of the new era require education to be personal in approach but collective in vision.

 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta