Education is of rising importance worldwide, as can be seen by the increased political attention and funding available for this sector. This importance can be related to more research and knowledge about the role of education in a country’s prosperity. Education is a driver for development, and a way to reduce or eliminate poverty in the world’s least developed regions. In fact, one doesn’t need look no further than USAID, to see the billions of dollars available for education projects.
A prosperous country with a thriving job market and a strong workforce will increase competitiveness for that country. These factors however, demand a reform in education, in order to catch up with the rapid changes happening on a global scale. How can this be achieved?
Innovation and Reform in Education
The starting point for innovation and change in education systems stems from an analysis of which, and how well, the current education systems develop knowledge, skills and capabilities. An innovative learning environment prioritizes professionalism, strong engagement with all partners, use of digital technologies and global connectivity. Other factors which influence success for this type of environment are transparency when working with learning providers, employers and their interest in the outcome of schooling, networking and expertise in other sectors.
The OECD, through its report “Schooling Redesigned- Towards Innovative Learning Systems”, outlines different aspects of a strategy to innovate learning systems. This infographic summarizes six important strategies to kickstart the innovation process.