Education affects all of society. We all come into contact with the education system at some point in our lives – either as students or as parents. Increased access to education has been an outstanding theme of South Africa’s transformation since 1994, but the quality of education has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks.
There has been a big push for the use of new technologies in the classroom to advance teaching and better equip children for the future. The rapid changes necessitated by the Covid-19 lockdown have shone a light on the importance of technology in the classroom like never before.
We need the education system to foster the competencies that societies and economies require, now and in the future. There is a call for a focus on learning environments and new approaches to teaching for greater justice, social equity, and global solidarity. Education must be about learning to live on a planet that is constantly evolving and under immense pressure, cultural literacy, and be deep-rooted in equal dignity and respect for all living beings.
Education has a big role to play in helping to bring together the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
With the world constantly changing, it only makes sense that education must change with it. Unfortunately,
while science and technology evolve at a rapid rate, our education systems have remained mostly the same. This
is not sustainable. The World Economic Forum estimates that 65% of children entering primary school today will end up working in
completely new jobs that do not yet exist. We cannot prepare learners for this with an outdated education system.
“In simple terms, the current curriculum being taught in South African schools creates little value for the world, hence the emergence of groups like Generations aimed at solving this problem” states Jevron Epstein, CEO of Generations Schools.
“Education is multidimensional, with layers of not only academics but emotions and cultures as well. It is the amalgamation of concepts and ideas that form the basis of understanding and substantiation” – Generations Schools
All children are born with an innate capability to excel at what interests them, provided the environment in the home, community, school, and wider society nurtures them with love and support to self-actualise. Traditional schooling that refuses to
change with the times is doing our youth a major disservice. Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in independent school groups, like The Generations and Kyalami Group of Schools, and this number is predicted to continue growing for the foreseeable future. What sets these schools apart is that the core focus of them is to create citizens that are holistically equipped for challenges
that lie outside of academia. These are also coupled with business models that make independent, private schooling accessible to
lower-income groups of the population.
We need to move away from traditional methods of teaching whereby students are only the receivers of content and teachers are the deliverers. We need to create spaces where students are empowered to take ownership of their learning and be able to dissect and engage with the content in ways that suit them. At Kyalami Schools a unique ethos of aspiration, reflection and improvement permeate the schools at all levels. Staff and pupils are receiving a very special opportunity to learn about real-life skills, values, how to think and question effectively, and how to prepare for a happy and successful life.
All children must be treated as individuals. Some will thrive in a Montessori environment, while others will be better suited for homeschooling or attending cottage schools. Whichever teaching method resonates with your child, we have to make sure that it equips them to deal with the nuances of modern life.