Youth must be equipped for a technological world

Special assistant on IT says educators must adapt to new methodologies and mindset


In a world with fast-changing technology, people must be equipped with the relevant skills from a young age to not only navigate the changing world but also to survive in it.

This was stated by the Adviser to the Chief Minister on Elementary and Secondary Education Ziaullah Bangash on Thursday while addressing a seminar on ‘Microsoft Edu Day’ organised by the provincial education department and Microsoft in Peshawar.

“In today’s era of mobility, there is no other way but to re-invent,” the adviser said, adding, “Learners must be up-skilled, with access to quality education that provides the youth not only with the technical and vocational skills but also core employability skills, necessary for them to become a functional part of a thriving digital economy.”

The seminar brought together delegates from across the region to showcase the latest technology designed specifically for the education sector to promote immersive, inclusive and modern learning.

The Special Assistant to the Chief Minister for Science and Information Technology (IT) Kamran Bangash pointed out that with the advancement of technology and its mass adoption, digital transformation was no longer just an option.

“As the education sector becomes more competitive, digital transformation is now becoming a necessary means of survival,” he said, adding, “this new digital world requires educators to adapt and adopt digital technologies, methodologies and mindsets.”

Kamran said that it is important to understand the benefits of digital transformation in education and to communicate this to key stakeholders.

“Understanding and communicating value is the key to success, so prioritising this is essential,” he said.

During the event, it was pointed out that per the National Human Development Report for 2017, Pakistan currently has the most number of youngsters than at any other point in its 72-year-history. This youth bulge, the report added, can become a critical force for development, especially if they are empowered with education and knowledge.

“Learning experiences have changed massively over the years with the rise of self-learning platforms as well as gamification concepts which have redefined the way we learn and teach today,” said Microsoft Country Education Lead, Jibran Jamshad.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2019.

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