21st Century Education

Needs of Industry 4.0. and preparing students for evolving industries

Jan 26,2023

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With Education 4.0, the concept of education changes completely; the new education system, built on success in life, not exams, draws attention to the necessity of personalized education, being confident with technology, and continuously learning and self-improving individuals.

Research by McKinsey Digital revealed that 60% of all occupations could potentially have at least a third of their activities automated due to the fourth industrial revolution. This revolution will also impact the soft skills that students will need in the future. In 2016, the World Economic Forum produced a report exploring these changes. Some of the soft skills they claim will soon become indispensable include complex problem solving, social skills, and process skills. Education 4.0 is about evolving with the times, and for higher education institutions, this means understanding what is required of their future graduates. Some novelties that Education 4.0 offers are:

1. Time and space-independent education

Students have the opportunity to learn wherever and whenever they want. Thanks to new interactive learning tools, education is now space and time-independent. Individuals who learn the theoretical part of their education independently and in a digital environment can transform their knowledge into real-life experiences through practical project-based activities in the classroom.

2. Personalised learning

Students will receive personalized learning through special tools adjusted to their capabilities. In this way, a student who has difficulty understanding what many children can easily absorb will be able to improve at their own pace. Traditional education systems apply the same model for each student. However, education 4.0 believes there is no drawback in trying different paths as long as it reaches the same goal.

3. Project-based learning

To prepare children for the future freelance work model, students have the chance to apply what they have learned on an actual project instead of writing answers on paper.

Through project-based learning, children can improve the below abilities and develop themselves in these areas of great importance throughout their academic career:

  • Problem-solving
  • Being solution-oriented
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Time management

4. Curriculum with student participation

In Education 4.0, students will be involved in the creation of curricula. To maintain a contemporary, up-to-date, and valuable curriculum that will be important to professionals and students. The evaluation result will be based on the entire education period instead of one exam. Mentoring will gain importance for students to improve their education healthily.

Innovation Camps’ capacity in upskilling for the future

When education is more than preparing or providing knowledge for people, it is instead cultivating people by instilling them with the habit of learning, morality, analytical skills, and the ability to live with others. Camps and outdoor education programs play a key role in addressing these aspects. Camps have been shown to reduce anxiety, increase connection to the school, increase connection to peers and efficacy, all robust markers of good mental health. At Kenan Innovation camps, we offer limitless learning experiences and provide children with the opportunity

  • Social skills to develop a wide range of social skills that strengthen established relationships and create new ones
  • Independence skills to take care of themselves
  • Team building to develop leadership and decision-making skills
  • Encouragement of personal challenges to be exposed to a variety of learning experiences that they may not have tried before

Find out more about Kenan Innovation Camps here: www.kenan-asia.org/innovation-camps

 Nadia Soni
Senior Consultant, Education Team

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