We must reset the way we teach science; it is vital for all our future life.
By: Ms Akrivi Anagnostaki
Few months ago, Marga Gual Soler,Founder of SciDipGLOBAL, molecular biologist, advisor to the EU Science Diplomacy Cluster,& Komal Dadlani,Biochemist and ed-tech entrepreneur, CEO/Co-founder at Lab4U wrote the Young Global Leaders Annual Summit, which was presented in Dalian, China for its 16th Annual Summit, the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
The following article is a part of the Young Global Leaders Annual Summit.
In this article, the scientists pointed out that:
- COVID-19 has forced big changes in the way lessons are delivered.
- Education worldwide needs an even more radical rethink.
- Science, technology, engineering and maths are crucial to our future.
It is a fact that COVID-19 has forced more than 1 billion students and youth out of school, triggering the world’s biggest educational technology (edtech) implementation in history, almost overnight. Nowadays, schools and universities are scrambling to redesign their teaching and learning to allow for students of all ages to study from home. While this raises huge practical and logistic issues for students, teachers and parents (especially women), it opens up a world of opportunities to reimagine what learning looks like in the 21st century.
They claim that the pressure that individuals, organisations and societies face in this crisis is accelerating the Fourth Industrial Revolution, blurring the boundaries among the physical, digital and biological worlds.
During this crisis, a new question arises in all countries:
Are our educational systems preparing students for a world driven by disruptive scientific and technological advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, clean energy, or quantum computing? Are we encouraging students to think critically about how science, technology and innovation can help address – or aggravate – economic, geopolitical, environmental or societal challenges?