Are your children ready for a challenging future?

This article was published on 17th October in the Veja São Paulo magazine for a special education edition, online in Exame and it will be published on the 30th of October in LIDE magazine special edition "Education and Innovation".
Thursday, October 19, 2017

According to Pele, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. Whilst no one would argue with Pele over this, in a rapidly changing world, the future is uncertain. How can we possibly prepare our children for success in an uncertain and unknown future?

Technological advances mean that today’s world is changing at a faster rate than ever before. We have little idea what life will be like in the next ten years, and none beyond that. It is likely that many careers that exist today will not be needed, while careers we have not imagined will be essential.

We already know that today search engines can provide answers to almost any question we ask. This challenges traditional education, designed to drill facts and data into pupils for them to regurgitate in exams. In a world where we have all the facts and data we need at our finger-tips do we really need to remember them?

To survive and thrive in tomorrow’s future today’s pupils need to develop habits that will best nurture those essential skills needed for success. We need our children to become leaders who have sufficient cross-disciplinary skills to solve new problems. This requires creativity, open mindedness, and the courage to challenge norms. All this to enable tomorrow’s adults to be able to harness tomorrow’s unknown innovations so that they can succeed in a very competitive future.

To prepare our pupils for this uncertain future The British College of Brazil (BCB) takes the best elements of the English National Curriculum, which focuses on skills development, and combines them with the key The British Schools Foundation (BSF) characteristics of: independence; teamwork and leadership; self-discipline; presence; awareness; decency; courage. The British College of Brazil utilises the latest technology to deliver this curriculum, whilst being mindful of the importance of social interaction in and around the classroom. This not only ensures our pupils learn key skills for life, but also develop those characteristics that will best prepare them to be useful to society.

Of course, it is not possible to instil all this in a child just in the classroom. Everything we do at BCB, from lessons to lunchtimes and social occasions, is part of the education we provide. By educating the whole person we know we provide the best education for our pupils. Change is here, and at BCB we embrace it.