What Skills are Required by 21st-Century Students?
21st century skills in education: As per the statistics revealed by Wikipedia 50% of the Indian population is below the age of 25 which is the best in the world. We claim to be a young country in terms of the future workforce. It is imperative to understand that half of the Indian population is studying in schools therefore it is a gargantuan task for educators and school leaders to train and develop these priceless Human Resources.
There are 6C’s viz confidence, caring and compassion, career consciousness, commitment, collaborate and competence which every Indian children must have in them.
1. Skill of Confidence:
The first Skill is Confidence. This is a preliminary trait that every student must possess to grow up as a resourceful National asset. Teachers must try to inculcate an attitude among students. Future kids must be aware that life will throw challenges and they must be nurtured to take it on. Their self-belief mechanism must be very strong.
One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.- Arthur Ashe
2. Career Consciousness Skill
This is very important skill of “21st century 7 skills”. Life is a blessing. We get only one life to live, therefore, there must be a purpose in life. There is no denying the fact that in the prevailing scenario there are ample career avenues but the irony is that GEN Z kids have no perception of life.
The majority of the students don’t do any research about their careers. Till their 20’s they have no idea what they are born to be. Schools and parents must assess the strength, interest and skills of a child then they must be guided to chase the passion. Career Counselling sessions should start at early childhood.
The key to growth is the production of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” Lao Tzu
3. Skill of Caring and Compassionate:
The Third Skill is about caring and Compassionate. Modernisation and advancement of western culture have hijacked our youth. Our social fibre is becoming weak. The mad race to accumulate every materialistic possession has eroded the values like ethics, compassion, morality. These are left only for reading in books.
Furthermore, with the advent of gadgets family connect is at the brink of annihilation. Our youth is very amiable but only with their peers. When it comes to parents they are disgruntled. Parents must be given due respect loved and accepted like girlfriend and boyfriend. Hence, we have to shoulder this responsibility also.
Compassion comes naturally when you lose your overinflated sense of self-importance. James Pierce
4. Collaborative Skill
In the contemporary world, the globe has shrunk. Diversity in the workforce is preferred by every organization. For future kids, it is indispensable to collaborate and work as a team. It is paramount that children learn to work together as a team.
Collaboration promotes leadership, stimulates effective communication and strengthens relationships. An individual can gauge his progress in tandem with others.
Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.” – Paul Solarz
5. The Skill of Commitment:
This is a basic ingredient for being a successful human being. Steadfastness for the purpose should be on the bedrocks of an individual. Commitment in relationships, commitment towards work is necessitated. Teachers and families should collectively foster this quality among youth.
A live-in relationship is a recent menace. This is gaining popularity as it is easy to stay together without getting committed to each other for your whole life. Having a crush and then break up is a way of life because to maintain relationships patience and perseverance is required which Gen Z is bad at. In the absence of commitment, the connection with anything is not possible.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” – Tony Robbins
If India has to be a superpower to take on the world, then we need to have the best researchers, entrepreneurs, leaders, scholars, teachers, scientists, philosophers, players, bureaucrats. We being the youngest nation in the world should have an army of a competent workforce.
This hurricane transformation is only possible when every child is equipped and trained with the latest skills and technology. Everything is possible for a person with the right attitude possessing the right skills having his eyes set the right goal.
If you want to be successful, don’t seek success – seek competence, empowerment; do nothing short of the best that you can do” – Jaggi Vasudev
There are Some Essential Skills are also important for Students.
|critical thinking skills||information literacy skills||global citizenship skills|
|problem solving skills||media literacy skills||social and emotional learning skills|
|creativity skills||technology literacy skills||growth mindset|
|innovation skills||digital literacy skills||communication skills|
Author: Mr. Neeraj Mohan Puri (Principal),
Modern Sandeepni School, Pathankot Punjab
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