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What is School for?

Education From the Lens of Cultivating 21st Century Pioneers

As school leaders in emerging economies, it's crucial to understand the purpose and benefits of education in today's society. Many of us are aware that education is essential for developing a skilled workforce, but the scope of education's impact goes far beyond that. Education, specifically K-12 education, is intended to provide children with the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to navigate their lives successfully. But what does it mean to be successful in life? And how can schools equip children to achieve this success?

Research shows that the goal of education is not just to impart information but to develop students who are self-directed, lifelong learners. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the skills most in demand in the workforce today are problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability. These skills are not acquired through rote memorization or passive learning but through active engagement with content, collaboration with peers, and experimentation.

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