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Foresight Episode 5
SIM’s Foresight is a five-part series that uncovers cutting-edge insights on education’s emerging trends and challenges and seeks to address the critical questions of today to stay ahead of the curve in a fast-changing landscape and meet the demands of tomorrow.
In episode five, the panellists discussed on the topic of: ‘Education Across Borders: Building Human Capital and Transforming Communities.’ Here are key points that they raised during the discussion.
Teaching In Context
“Many less-developed countries have a shortage of teachers—both in quality and quantity, especially in the rural areas. So, foreign teachers need to be trained to understand the country’s unique needs.
“For SCIA, we create in-house teacher’s training programmes and link up with other service providers to help us ensure our teachers are able to teach in the context of Cambodia”
Mr Anselm Chu, Managing & School Director of Singapore Cambodia International Academy (SCIA) (a member of SIM Group)
Training Quality Teachers
“Teacher education, both at the initial stage and as an ongoing continuous professional development has to be the front and centre of what you do. It’s no good putting other things into play whether it’s curriculum, pedagogy, technology or changes within the system, unless you train quality teachers.”
Roland Davies, Director of the British Council Singapore
Developing Students For the 21st Century
“What is encouraging is that I see some similarities in Finland’s and Singapore’s new curriculum. Both our nations have made important changes with a similar target: To develop our students to have the necessary skills for the 21st century,”
Maarit Rossi, Founder & CEO, Paths To Maths Ltd
Changing The Focus
“One of the biggest reasons why education systems are still stuck is that people listen to what you reward. So, as long as we keep rewarding academic subjects as the highest indicator of success, then parents and teachers and students will follow suit. They will study for the exam rather than study for the bigger purpose of understanding the issue or the bigger purpose of societal impact or moral character.”
Each Has A Role
“Whatever we want education to be, whether to cross economic class, racial barriers and to mend gaps, it really comes down to students, teachers, policy makers and everyone realising that we have personal agency."
“You can’t just wait for someone else to make the decision before you change your classroom or learning experience. If the classrooms don’t shift, a country doesn’t shift. Everyone has a role to play.”
Kuik Shiao-Yin, Director & Co-Founder of The Thought Collective
Posted online, 16 October 2017