In the next 15-20 years, with the revolution in technology, namely, AI, Machine Learning and Robotics, the world around us will change dramatically. Society will change; people’s role and jobs will drastically evolve. According to the World Economic Forum (2016), 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. As parents and educators, we are never going to know what kind of job our children and students will end up with. Yet we need to prepare them for it. Therefore, we need to equip our kids with the future skills that they need to be relevant and thrive in the future we cannot grasp fully.
In the future world, the nature of work and people’s role are going to change completely. The boundary between nations and countries are going to be blurred. With a hyper-connected world, companies will need a workforce who can work from anywhere in the world. In the knowledge economy, the entire world will work as a single organism. The education systems around the world will define which country is producing a workforce that is equipped better with necessary future skills.
Light of Hope is focusing on children between 3-12 years old (mainly primary level education). Research suggests that investment on earlier grades gives the highest ROI and strongly correlates with the future success of a student. Globally, the education gap and learning achievements differ widely at the primary level. One of the core reasons is that different countries have different curriculum, learning frameworks and competencies. They are focusing on academic outcomes on language, math, and science.
When it comes to ‘future skills’ – countries don’t have a standard framework yet developed. Few countries like Finland are heavily focusing on skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, collaborative learning. We strongly believe that children, no matter which geographical and socio-economic background, are born with some natural talents. Children are naturally curious, natural artist and natural problem-solvers. As they grow up, because of the institutions and environment they grow up with, lost those abilities.
After careful study and observing the trend over the last few years, Light of Hope identified the top four skills that our children will need to be successful and be relevant to the future. The skills are Creativity, Problem-solving, Emotional Intelligence, and Human Values. The framework identified and defined the sub-skills and performing skills of these 4 ‘core skills’.
LoH’s Global Skill Framework for primary level children (3-12 years old) can be applied fully or contextually in different regions and countries. The framework can be used as a guideline for various countries (especially in developing countries) through different institutions and organizations (including UN organizations and INGOs working in education).
The LoH Global Future Skill Framework works as the foundation for Light of Hope’s work around the world. The flexibility of the framework allows us to democratize the ‘future of education’ for millions of children in developing countries. Based on the framework, we are developing contents and assessment that are openly and widely available for any children, parents, and teachers around the world.
The LoH Global Future Skill Framework is created based on 3 years of intensive research by a number of academicians and practitioners. The framework integrated all the major researches done on the area of problem-solving, critical thinking, empathy and emotional intelligence. Human Values (Moral values and ethics) is introduced as a ‘Future Skill’ in the framework.
Light of Hope is developing contents based on the framework that is now distributed among parents and educators globally. The objective is to give parents, teachers, and schools the freedom and flexibility to choose what they think is best for their children. This is at the core of democratizing the ‘future of education’. Some of these contents are available on the global content platform of Light of Hope. Goofi – the brand created by Light of Hope is publishing various types of ‘pillar contents’ on future skills. These ‘pillar contents’ can be reproduced and re-purposed in various medium – including hardcover books, e-book, audio-visual contents, learning app and games.
We are also developing assessment tools and techniques that can measure creativity, problem-solving, emotional intelligence among children. With advanced AI and Machine Learning, the assessment tools can take a large amount of data and process to notify individual parents and teachers about their children and student’s progress. The assessment tools are currently under the pilot stage in the after-school centers that Light of Hope operates called Kids Time.
The LoH Global Future Skill Framework for Children will soon be made public. So that institutions, organizations, and academicians can use, adapt and integrate part or the entire framework in their own settings. Light of Hope will play the supporting role to help organizations to navigate and consult how the framework can be integrated into their own systems.
The more institutions adopting this open and flexible Global Skill Framework, the cost of education will go down. Content, teaching, and assessment are the highest cost associated with education at the primary level. A platform like Goofi and an AI-enabled assessment tool will be a game-changer in the future of education. It will significantly reduce the cost of education for children living in under-developed and developing countries yet providing them the necessary future skills – like creativity, and problem-solving. And we are very excited to see how that’s going to impact millions of children in the future.