2015 Youth Prime Minister, Broderick Mervyn delivers his address during the 117th Fiji Principal Association Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Lami on 19 May 2016.
Students need critical thinking and problem-solving skills, not just to solve the problems of their current jobs, but to meet the challenges of adapting to a constantly changing workforce.
The comment was made by the 2015 Youth Prime Minister, Broderick Mervyn, who is also a second year Bachelor of Law student at The University of the South Pacific (USP) during the 117th Fiji Principal Association Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Lami on 19 May 2016.
Mervyn spoke on the roles of educators in preparing 21st century students for a global society.
“An educator is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others. The 21st century dawned as the beginning of the Digital Age – a time of unique growth in technology and its successive information explosion,” he noted.
Mervyn said that never before have the tools for information access and management made such an impact on the way we live, work, shop and play.
He added that the role of teachers in a 21st century classroom shifted from that of the “expert” to that of the “facilitator” and the focus from “knowing” to being able to use and apply information in relevant ways.
“New technologies and tools multiply daily and the new technologies of today are outdated almost as soon as they reach the market,” he highlighted.
Mervyn reiterated that education can make a massive difference in the lives of people in Fiji.
“It offers families an opportunity to get a foot out of poverty for starters and ensures the removal of shackles that bind many families to a life of misery and misfortune, he said.
“Today, people can expect to have many jobs in multiple fields during their careers. The new social contract is different - only people who have the knowledge and skills to negotiate constant change and reinvent themselves for new situations will succeed,” he noted.
He added that the “four Cs” (proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers and collaborators) will turn out to be even more significant to organisations in the future, particularly as the economy improves and organisations look to grow in a global marketplace.
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