Financial Express-Education that spurs creativity in children

Education that Spurs Creativity in Children

Children are born to be creative, like eagles are born to soar, see the world, and find food, not scratch and fight for scraps in a coop. Instead of competing against each other on memorisation tests, when children utilise their creativity to its full potential, creativity can contribute to healthy lives and future careers. Creative thinking skills can be considered as one of the key competencies for the twenty-first century, and its effects are widespread. It allows us to fly to the moon, create art, develop computers, and cure illness. Creativity has not only been recognised in the sciences and the arts but has also been shown to play an important role in everyday problem-solving. However, creativity is neither valued nor incentivized in most of our schools in Bangladesh or the educational system; instead, rote learning is highly rewarded. This tempts students to memorise rather than understand the concepts in a desperate attempt to produce results in the face of cut-throat competition… Complete Article HERE

Organization for Peace Studies-Peace Studies Should be for all children, not just in colleges

Why Is ‘Peace Studies’ Only A Graduate Program

The word “peace” has been defined in several contexts such that it’s complex to pinpoint or generalize a single meaning. The study of peace remains pertinent in this world full of unpreventable and unresolved conflicts. Learning about what is national peace and how it can be managed has been relegated as a graduate or postgraduate course mostly for adults and little or nothing is said about it to children. It is unrealistic to “protect” children from hearing or knowing about the existence of conflicts when they are experiencing it daily; hearing about it from others; watching it on TV or living under the consequences of a broken country. Peace studies have to be included in the curriculum of every school beginning from the Primary school level upwards. Children deserve to know why they might be experiencing some post-conflict consequences… Complete Article HERE

World Economic Forum-Education Losing Ground

Our Education System Is Losing Relevance. Here’s How to Unleash Its Potential

Education today is in crisis. Even before the coronavirus pandemic struck, in many parts of the world, children who should be in school aren’t; for those who are, their schools often lack the resources to provide adequate instruction. At a time when quality education is arguably more vital to one’s life chances than ever before, these children are missing out on the education needed to live fulfilling lives as adults and to participate in and contribute to the world economy. Our current education system is built on the Industrial Revolution model and focuses on IQ, in particular memorization and standardization. We must update education with job readiness, the ability to compete against smart machines and the creation of long-term economic value in mind. Education access, equity and quality must be improved to solve the global education crisis – 72 million children of primary education age are not in school… Complete Article HERE

Their World-from Ebola to Coronavirus, children and education still paying the price

From Ebola to Coronavirus: Education Must Not Be Forgotten in a Health Crisis

The challenge faced during the 2014 epidemic in West Africa of ensuring that children don’t fall between the cracks now confronts the whole world. The global coronavirus pandemic and the more concentrated Ebola virus epidemic – which killed more than 11,000 people – are very different situations. But there are similarities in the way in which education and the safety of children is affected. In both health crises—as in many humanitarian emergencies—education was hit quickly and hit hard. Ebola forced five million children out of school for up to nine months in the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Many never went back. The current pandemic has disrupted the education of ninety per cent of the world’s students, from pre-primary to university. There are fears that—as with the West Africa crisis—many young people will fall through the cracks, disappear from the school systems and become long-term victims of the emergency. “While we hope that children and students will soon be able to go back to school, let’s make sure that global education is not forgotten during the crisis or in its aftermath,” said Theirworld President Justin van Fleet… Complete Article HERE