Only one in 10 Mexicans feels they have the necessary education for current demands
How have traditional education models changed in the face of new learning trends? This question was debated by a group of panelists at a Maple Bear Educational Institution conference.
Natalia Tieso, director of Maple Bear in Latin America commented that the current task, or challenge, of educators is to support students to enhance their skills. “I think it is very important that educators can help our students discover what the digital language is today. Surely in 20 years it will be different, and we must awaken that passion for learning, for wanting to learn more,” she said.
During March 2022, the institute conducted a survey to identify how Latin Americans see education and the needs for future generations to be competitive. The results shared with NotiPress show that 38.7 percent of Latin Americans feel unprepared for future challenges. In addition, only one in 10 Mexicans feels they have the necessary skills to respond to current demands.
Given this situation, Soraya Von Roehrick, a journalist participating in the panel, urged to be aware of the “expiration date” of certain knowledge. “Careers, for example, taking into account what the World Forum said in 2020, are becoming more and more outdated. According to the World Forum, every five years, careers, some more than others, are becoming outdated. And the companies, the professionals, wanting to look for new candidates, can’t find them.” Thus, both teachers and students, taking into account that education is an investment, must have the ability to anticipate new demands in the future.
Maple Bear points out that among the skills necessary to be successful in the future are empathy, collaboration and communication skills. In addition to civic responsibility, analytical skills and self-confidence.
On the part of the panelists, the educational approach should be student-centered and not evaluation-based. “If a teacher knows his group, he knows that he does not need to take a written exam, he knows who the competent students are and what their abilities are,” said Gloria Álvarez, psychologist and teacher in education.