This is the age of innovation and the country that is unable to re-invent itself technologically every few years will become politically and socially irrelevant on the global map.
Technology is reshaping the way we live and the type of work we do. By year 2030, 20 percent of jobs that exist today will no longer be in existence. The future workforce demands more than what is currently taught in traditional and conventional classrooms. Students will need entirely new skill sets and it is up to educators to incorporate this into their current teaching methods and experiences.
In India, 87 percent of hiring managers believe that candidates with strong soft skills will be increasingly important to the success of their organizations. The first step in cultivating such skills would be to present more flexibility within curriculums â€“ moving away from just learning in the classroom. It is becoming more and more important to focus more on idea-based study than the traditional rote-learning method.
Indian government is focusing on many such initiatives where smart classrooms are quickly becoming a norm among the educational institutions.
These opportunities take students on a journey of self-discovery as they learn to strike a balance between understanding technicalities, making judgment, and driving social awareness, thereby leaving no child behind. Further, through constant feedback and deep reflection, students gain deeper self-awareness as well as critical thinking, enabling them to become more effective members within a cohort and better future leaders.
In this age of technological advancements, science has become a part and parcel of everyday life of a common man. Therefore, apart from inculcating the development of soft skills within an academic structure, students today should also be exposed to technology and disruption within their daily curriculum. The most important investment we can make today is to nurture students who are digitally savvy and ready to work alongside technology in the workforce of tomorrow.
In the field of economics and finance too, Indian government has taken some revolutionary, though controversial steps, to ensure digital transactions in the market. To further strengthen a studentâ€™s development for the digital economy, educators should also consider how they can improve current teaching standards for students to be agile and digitally fluent upon graduation. For instance, ramping up investments in technology into the school system will provide immersive learning experiences for students.
It is time for us to begin nurturing our students for the workforce of the future. Former Indian philosopher and statesman, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan once said: â€œThe true teachers are those who help us think for ourselvesâ€.
As educators and facilitators for the future workforce, we must step up to intensify continuous collaboration, reinvention and experimentation amongst students to develop them into successful adults.
There will always be a need for educators and trainers who have an in-depth knowledge of their field and command over their subject but adding the technological infrastructure will only make the process of teaching much easier and will yield much better results.