One of the most important goals of education is currently that of preparing youth for global competition. This premise may seem very simple, but it leads to a large and consuming question: What skills will students need to develop in this globalized world?
One of the characteristics of a global society is that it changes: it changes a lot, changes rapidly and in many ways, and thus affects our lifestyles. Faced with this scenario, educating children in the same way that their parents were educated could negatively impact their university performance and later, their performance in the workplace.
Learning several languages and using new technologies are some of the skills considered to be educational advantages. But the main competitive characteristic is that the student be prepared to adapt positively to any environment. Schools and educational institutes should support this learning process by fostering, through their various subjects, youth’s knowledge and interest in global issues, learning different languages, working in multicultural teams and developing the values of respecting other cultures.
National or Global?
This drive to develop a global mentality could be considered by some as something that may negatively affect one’s sense of national identity. At first, it may seem that both needs are on opposite sides of the spectrum, but it is possible to develop a balance that can turn into an advantage. The knowledge of one’s own culture enriches a global world, because it multiplies points of view, providing new approaches to problem solving.
All educators will agree that university scholarships abroad are the best entryway to a globalized world. And for each family, the process of searching for a university is a decisive part in every youth’s educational life. However, finding the ideal university can be an arduous task for both the student and the educational community that s/he belongs to.
At the Academia Cotopaxi, the guidance department’s “College Counseling Program” has been developed to assist students in finding the university that best matches their interests and intellectual and social needs. With such counseling, students can reach a high level education which opens up more fields of study for them in this globalized world
Recommendations for using “Communication and Information Technology (CIT)”
Although your children may appear skilled at the use of their cellular phones, it is still necessary to take advantage of the opportunity to allow them to learn how to:
Do you think that today’s youth has an advantage when educated in a setting that is open to other cultures? What do you think about your children continuing their education abroad? Talk with our community and share your experiences.