Kidskintha, in partnership with UNESCO, aims to bring together multiple perspectives and opinions of the stakeholders who are impacted by the changing nature of education for the prestigious ‘UNESCO Futures of Education‘ initiative.

Why is this important?

Public Opinion has immense power to change public policy. Change has a domino effect, so one good change in any corner of the world will facilitate change for good all over the world. Today’s world with seamless borders facilitated by technology makes it incredibly easier to adopt and adapt ideas that work! As we know, great ideas begin in the minds of people working on the ground every day- people like you! We need a vehicle to get them to manifest from ideas into real solutions and this great initiative by UNESCO to get people like you to present your opinions, ideas, and solutions to bring a change is perfect for that!

Who Can Contribute?

Anyone who has a stake in the future, and the power to shape it!

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Policy-makers
  • Edupreneurs

What’s in it for the contributor?

Submitting an article will carry the following benefits:

  • Provide an opportunity to be selected for a feature/mention of you/your organization on the UNESCO Global Education Report on the Futures of Education initiative.
  • Provide an opportunity to inform and shape future Education Policy.
  • Provide a channel for your ideas/thoughts/opinions.
  • Inform thousands of readers on this platform.
  • Highlight any experiments/ideas you have implemented.
  • Name you/your organization as a contributor to the Futures Of Education initiative on this platform.

What Are We Addressing With The ‘Futures Of Education’ initiative?

Here are the 3 main questions this initiative seeks to find answers for:

  1. When you think about 2050 …
      • What are you most hopeful about?
      • What are you most concerned about?

2. What should be the collective purposes of education in 2050? 3. With the visions of 2050 and the collective purposes of education that you just described …

How should what we learn, how we learn and where we learn change in the future?

You might choose to address the above larger questions through other narrow focus areas.

Here are some examples( Note: Please treat these questions as guidelines only.  Feel free to pitch us with your own ideas that might contribute to the above questions)

If you’re a teacher:

  • Given that Inclusive education is the way forward in education, how would you differentiate learning for the diverse ability needs in your classroom?
  • If you work with preschool children, what policy practices would help kindergarteners get ready for elementary school?
  • Sugata Mitra suggested that children can learn whatever they need to, given an internet connection. Do you think a computer can replace the teacher?
  • What are your ideas on the current education system’s relevance to the real world?
  • If you could, what is the one change you would bring to the current education system?
  • Tell us about any experiments/ideas you implemented in your own classroom that could be implemented by others on a larger scale?

If you’re a student:

  • Do you think the curriculum that you’re currently studying reflects career or job aspirations?
  • What changes do you think need to be made to the curriculum to make it appropriate for the digital age? For instance- do you prefer submitting hand-written answers vs typed and emailed.
  • Do you think online learning is better than classroom learning?
  • What do you wish you could have as a consumer of the education system?
  • If you could, what is the one change you would bring to the current education system?

If you’re a parent:

  • Do you think the current costs of schooling are justified? Why or why not?
  • Do you think school and higher education prepared you sufficiently for a job? Why or why not?
  • What do you think has changed for the better in the current education system(from the previous generation)? What could change still?
  • If you could, what is the one change you would bring to the current education system?

Submission guidelines:

Submission formats:

  • Write-ups, essays, op-ed pieces( 800-1200 words)
  • Audio recording – 2-3 minutes
  • Video Recording: 2-3 minutes

Submission Deadline:

To be considered for inclusion in the final report to be submitted to UNESCO, please make sure your entries reach us by June 20th, 2020.

All submissions must be addressed to editor@kidskintha.com with the subject line “FoE article/audio/video submission”

4 Comments

  1. Naimisha says:

    For FOE, the submission needs to be in all 3 formats (article, audio, video) or either or?
    thanks

    1. Devishobha Chandramouli says:

      Any one of the formats is good, Naimisha. Thank you!

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  3. chinedu david says:

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Devishobha Chandramouli

Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- a global parenting and education collective, and the host of the global virtual conferences hosted on the platform. You can also find her voice on the Huffington Post, Mother.ly, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha, Thought Catalog and many other publications.

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