Preparing students for a successful tomorrow


Research has found that 65% of children entering primary school today will end up working in jobs that don’t exist yet. And, thanks to the rapid evolution of technology, by 2020, there will be around 83 million jobs globally that don’t have skilled people to fulfil them. It is a world powered by technology and inspired by innovation but lacking in the fuel – skills – to maintain them.

The answer lies in education. In providing students with access to information so they can develop the skills they need to evaluate and apply knowledge in ways that meet the demands of the fast-paced world. 

In this world driven by technology - one of the key skills our children need to learn is to code.  Learning to code will help our children understand the world they live in. They may not all become software engineers but they will always use software. We all need to understand how computers work. We all use the Internet, mobile phones, computers and software in our daily lives. Understanding is power. 

In today’s world - understanding the basics of code is as essential as maths and writing. It’s today’s critical language. 

When it comes to preparing our youth for the future there are few better ways to do it than to teach them how to code.  Coding helps children develop perseverance, grit, problem solving and logical thinking skills. Understanding the code is power.

Out of the 83 million jobs lacking skilled people, one million will be unfilled coding jobs. Coding is absolutely key to communicating, collaborating and creating in this new digital era. Coding is what unlocks potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and allows for people to build careers.

Today’s multilingualism needs to include code and computational thinking. 
Learning the basics of code should be as important as learning maths and writing. It’s as critical a language and just as relevant. When it comes to preparing the children of today for the jobs that may emerge some time in the future, coding is the foundation from which they will thrive.

The Fourth Industrial revolution is already disrupting every industry and the skills associated with coding will help students face an uncertain future with a degree of certainty. As Steve Jobs once said, “Everyone should learn to code because it teaches you to think.”

Unfortunately, most classrooms and curriculums today are not designed to address the needs of the Industrial Revolution not the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The cyber-physical realm within which we currently find ourselves isn’t being taught to children at school and yet schools are key in preparing our children. As a community, it is essential that we come together to redesign what’s taught so that the right skills are transferred to children. Technology education isn’t a nice to have, it’s essential.

You might also want to read this article on the Programme for International Students Assessment that was developed to help identify high-performing education systems, using the data gathered globally to help governments and educators to modify their teaching methods to achieve best practice.