Considering the contemporary education scenario in India, we need to scrutinize through the aspect due to its vitality. When we consider the resources of Indian education there is no doubt that our country is in the forefront. We have all the necessary resources to educate children. The problem however lies with the infrastructure of education. The society is not static it is dynamic and so should the approach of education be.
When we speak of education we need to account a wholesome development of a child or an individual. Thus, the concept of 21st century skilling has been a rising phenomenon. Quoting the general definition from the glossary of Education Reform “The term 21st century skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed—by educators, school reformers, college professors, employers, and others—to be critically important to success in today’s world, particularly in collegiate programs and contemporary careers and workplaces”. The 21st century skilling is not confined to any given sphere, it is something that can be applied in any discipline, on any career, on any level of academics. This ensures a holistic development of an individual where in the individual knows how to apply the right knowledge in the right time.
It is crucial to note that the skills are not systematized therefore it is still under consideration. The following list provides a brief illustrative overview of the knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits commonly associated with 21st century skills:
Critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, synthesizing information
Research skills and practices, interrogative questioning
Creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation, personal expression
Perseverance, self-direction, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, initiative
Oral and written communication, public speaking and presenting, listening
Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, facility in using virtual work spaces
Information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, media and internet literacy, data interpretation and analysis, computer programming
Civic, ethical, and social-justice literacy
Economic and financial literacy, entrepreneurialism
Global awareness, multicultural literacy, humanitarianism
Scientific literacy and reasoning, the scientific method
Environmental and conservation literacy, ecosystems understanding
Health and wellness literacy, including nutrition, diet, exercise, and public health and safety.
This aspect of education is under debate however if we appropriately proportion skilling and academics, we can have a better future! Skilling is important to be at par with education to create a complete infrastructure.
ProTeen is an app focused on guiding an individual to choose their career as well as enhance it with 21st Century Skilling. An app that provides a new approach to the entire system of education. It is something every individual who wants to embrace a new age holistic approach should try.
Firstly, after completing a certain level of education, which is tentatively the secondary level. When students finish up with their middle school, most of the students face difficulty in the choice of career. There are various cases where people fail to realize what they should pursue, how should they go about. ProTeen allows an individual to explore through the world of various occupations, their practical and pragmatic aspects, which allows the student to make the appropriate decision.
It even aids the parents to guide their children through an important part of their life. Education and Career Counseling in today’s world has acquired a huge momentum as a career. If one decides to choose that field guiding the students in the appropriate direction is highly challenge. Even here ProTeen solves the problem and brings focus and takes a fresh approach to the standard psychometric assessment of intelligence and aptitude.
ProTeen’s assessment and functionality is built as a unique mobile and web-based gamified experience that allows students to navigate the world academics and careers in a thoughtful manner. This allows the schools to embrace the new education well suited the dynamicity of the society. It provides skilling certification which both in theory and in practices enhances the bio data of a student.
Over all ProTeen appropriately proportions academics and the necessary 21st century skills which includes ethics and strategies to best apply the acquired knowledge into pragmatic situations. Therefore, everyone must embrace ProTeen’s programs and the app as a whole to bring in the real educational reform.
Author – Rhea Chatterjee