WHAT kind of knowledge and skills do our children need in the 21st century?
What type of hobbies can be recommended and how do we encourage and support our children at school?
Globalisation creates unprecedented challenges and opportunities. It is therefore fundamental for the new generation to acquire the knowledge and skills of global citizens while still at school.
To begin with, they should master one or more languages, learn to read and write, express themselves and know how to communicate. These are all key basic skills.
Global citizenship is about valuing and respecting human dignity and cultural diversity. Global citizens should have the necessary knowledge on issues such as climate change, sustainable development, equality and conflict resolution.
We have to educate Malaysians on nation building, agriculture, energy to defence and healthcare. These topics matter. We also cannot ignore climate change and the environment.
Analytical and critical thinking is also important.
Learning to learn is an essential skill for personal development, at school and at work, where flexibility is key.
Young people should learn to collaborate with people from different backgrounds, cultures and disciplines to solve complex, multidisciplinary issues in a respectful and flexible way.
Cultural awareness is important, and so is the ability to appreciate and understand music, literature and visual arts.
Mathematical competence is needed in everyday life, as is an understanding of the natural world and the ability to apply knowledge and technology to different situations. Considering the influence and pervasiveness of digital technology in current and future societies, it is important that children learn how to positively engage with these tools in school and out of it.
I hope the new Education Minister can revamp our education system to meet the demands of the global economy.
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