“Policy and curriculum needs to be agile, razor sharp and the designers need to use their imagination and intention to already be working in the schools of 2040 now?’

Sean Bellamy, Sand’s School, UK

The world of tomorrow will be shaped by the problems facing us today: climate change and pandemics, racial disharmony and geopolitics and the attendant stress that accompanies these scorching issues which our children need to be prepared for.

Current education systems in most countries do not prepare children to thrive. Most systems have their rote learning roots tracing back to a “factory model” that emerged in the early 20th century to mould students for the industrial economy with the teacher being the purveyor of information, and the children the empty vessels to be filled with information (Brookings Institution, Policy 2020).

These are the systems of a bygone era when the architects could not have even imagined the future of today. If such systems are dated for today, they are necessarily crippling for the future. In fact, over time, school has become less satisfying and more stressful for both teachers and students. Teachers, education experts, policymakers and even politicians are urging for new methods of teaching, recognizing that children learn better through joyful learning and as active participants in their own learning process.