A paradigm shift from “teacher-driven” teaching to “student-driven” learning is emerging in the field of education, ushering towards new approaches in acquiring knowledge that is meaningfully student-centric. Young minds of today, being wired differently, are looking for continuous challenges in their learning process. To fulfill such learning outcomes, International schools are significantly on the rise endeavouring to facilitate the aspirations of these young learners through a schooling, which aims to be holistic and creates a dynamic learning environment.
What does the term “International” truly mean in educational context is an ongoing debate. Through an “International system of Education” that aims to deliver a rigorous curriculum, structured around acquiring self-research and analytical skills, young scholars are significantly developing critical thinking and various life–oriented aptitudes that are very crucial in tomorrow’s career choice. To create an eco-system of internationally -minded global citizens who can embrace intercultural awareness and understand that people with other viewpoints are also right and their opinions are valuable is the need of the hour. This matters a lot especially for students of this generation because challenges around them are greater than perhaps what earlier would have been. Hence, in order to make ambitious and fulfilling career choices, they must choose the right education system. Since that education will be the lens through which they will learn to view the world.
Unlike the past, the jobs our future generations will undertake have, perhaps, not even been created yet! It is hard to say that after I study “this” I will get into “this” job. Earlier, we had a clear roadmap for choosing our career from streams like Humanities, Science or Engineering. Now, however, the Gen Z has a plethora of choices. They will have opportunities to connect to their skills and talents, which they would have acquired in their dynamic schooling environment.
Therefore, we are continuously striving to evolve in the field of pedagogy by developing varied ways of engaging children in various meaningful educational activities through “experiential learning” which helps students to develop skills they require later in life. Students for sure today do not entertain rote learning much. They prefer learning through concepts which extend beyond classroom teaching, through hands-on experiments. It would be a great initiative if every school could provide experiential learning and focus on an active, engaging learning environment. Moreover, schools must also strive to create a passion and love for education which is not necessarily to earn bread or butter but study for the joy of learning. If that sort of environment a school can create then the schooling of the child automatically progresses and takes one to a very different level. A level way above the reach of a stereotypical system. Such a child will grow up to be a resilient human being, one who will understand the value of failure as a catalyst to the path of success.
Therefore, the education system requires a huge transformation in various factors such as the classroom dynamics, the way of learning, the curriculum, and the pedagogy. International Curricula such as IB and IGCSE seem to be addressing the above-mentioned concepts of learning and teaching largely. As a result, children seem to be benefiting from schools, which are offering these streams of education that are helping them to make their own careers of tomorrow.