Most of the students in schools today are referred to as Generation Z, a group raised in a completely globalized world. The oldest age to whom this group belongs is 25, and right now, these individuals are most certainly contemplating the kind education they will have as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the start of the community quarantines and lockdowns, a lot of them have not been able to take their final exams and never able to attend their graduation. Generation Z is driven by technology, where phrases like ‘fear of missing out’ or FOMO anticipates immediate response and feedback, influenced by social platforms like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Messenger. This generation also thinks that there is strength in working together to resolve the world’s most challenging problems, namely mental health, climate change, and, obviously, their responsibility of isolating themselves while protecting the elderly members of their community.
Generation Alpha, on the other hand, are the millennial children, the most diversified generation in the world. Technology, for them, is merely a supplement of their identity and knowledge. These pre-schoolers are also non-conventional in family structure, owing to their ‘bulldozer parents’ who go out of their way to clear the rough roads for their children. While this generation is probably unsuspecting of how this global crisis will affect their education, the true impact will be seen and felt even by our very young students in the future.
COVID-19 Transforming Education
Amidst the crisis, educators are brainstorming on what they need to make sure that students will be ready for the future. A report from Dell Technologies showed that 85% of the careers and jobs in the year 2030 that both Generation Z and Alpha will undertake have not yet been created. In addition, 65% of school kids today will encounter jobs that still do not exist today. The COVID-19 crisis can, indeed transform. It can also be a way through which we learn how education needs to be transformed to prepare the younger generation for their future – whatever it may be.
Delivering Education Through Technology
The current pandemic has forced schools worldwide to use available technology to create materials for online learning for all students. Teachers, too, are discovering fresh possibilities with greater ease to reap its full benefits in terms of education. Finally, educators hope that these generations will reflect on their experiences now – the lockdowns, self-isolation, and remote learning – and will remind them of how precious human interaction is.
Teaching Individuals Through The Interconnected World
The health crisis is a depiction of the world’s interconnection with each other. All countries share the same concern and the same dilemmas. Those who will be successful in the coming years should understand this connectedness and go through boundaries to level the differences and collaboratively resolve problems.
Life Skills Training For The Future
In this world where change is the only constant thing, the youth need to adapt and be resilient – skills that have proven time and again to be important in navigating efficiently through this crisis. Contemplating the future, communication, cooperation, and innovation are among the most essential skills that employees will need to possess, including emotional intelligence.
Reshaping The Educator’s Role
The impression that the educator is the holder of knowledge who conveys wisdom to their students, but today it does not entirely define the modern educator. With the Internet and other technological resources that students have access to with ease and mastery, it is time to reshape the educator’s role in the classrooms and theaters. Their roles must move towards improving themselves as much as helping the young develop into the kind of leaders that we wish them to be.