The Future of Education: We Should Help Children to Become Personable, Collaborative and Creative

07/08/2016 22:19 | Updated 10 August 2016
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In the world we are living in today, and moving into, I feel the most important skills are to do with whether you are a personable human being who can work in an environment and collaborate and create.

Technology is also making the world a much smaller place. It is important to educate children on current affairs and issues that are happening not just in their home countries, whether it be the refugee crisis in Syria around the world. An understanding of those things at the right age helps to give a broader sense of perspective and character, and is important.

You want to encourage each child's skill. Every kid, every person, has an area of excellence. If you can encourage that, if you are perceptive enough to recognise what a child's area of excellence is and can help them to focus on it, that's great. They will grow with confidence because they have a skill set that they've developed and learned.

For a child to find their way into education and into learning the basics through play excites me - the idea that education is fun. So a great environment is one that you walk into and respond to based on what you are seeing around you - the colours, the drawings, the way in which children are inspired to do things.

When I walk into my son's classroom, for example, it's a hive of creativity, play and fun - as if they are almost of tricking him into learning. He doesn't even know that he is learning when he is. They are very clever about that. That's an environment I find exciting and wish there was more of.

In the next 100 years, we need to focus on keeping kids creative and happy so that we are developing a generation of children who hunger and thirst for learning and education, as opposed to being repelled or bored by education.

HundrED is a global, non-profit project aiming to bring together a vision of education for the next 100 years, collecting 100 innovations from Finland and a further 100 from around the world, along with commentary from global thought leaders; all shared with the world for free

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