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Is it time we revolutionised learning?

HILLCREST DURING THEATRE REHEARSALS. file photo | nmg
HILLCREST STUDENTS DURING THEATRE REHEARSALS. Countries worldwide need to invest in digital learning infrastructure. file photo | nmg 

Last week, I took part in the Global Learning Council (GLC) Summit in Berlin, Germany. Recognizing the disruptiveness of digitisation in the way we work, live and learn, the summit sought to find a response to the rapidly changing landscape by bringing together a group of thought leaders in the area of effective use of technology to enhance learning outcomes.

The summit came up with a declaration, dubbed the “Berlin Consensus,” that highlights five key resolutions around mind-set and skills, structures, drivers and enablers, opportunities and challenges and new pedagogical teaching concepts and scientific evidence.

These declarations mirror some of the issues I raised in my column last week titled, it’s time to build skill sets for the future. Pedagogical methods used throughout our education system are wanting.

Industry has always complained that a knowledge gap exists between the skills needed by labour market and the kind of graduates coming out of local universities. Lifelong learning, a revered characteristic of committed academics, is rare even with the Commission of University Education (CUE) guidelines.