The Future of Learning and Development
“Agenda 2063 recognises that the future of the continent, in part, rests on the skills, knowledge, talents and commitment of its young people. Skills development in Africa is firmly rooted in Agenda 2063″ which considers itself an instrument to eliminate youth unemployment.
Specifically, this will be through strengthening the technical and vocational education and training through scaled up investments, the establishment of a pool of high-quality TVET centres across Africa, greater links with industry and alignment to labour markets, with a view to improve the skills profile, employability and entrepreneurship of especially youth and women, and closing the skills gap across the continent.
Changing Job Market
However, it is expected that the pace of change in the job market will accelerate by 2020. Our future place of work will be fundamentally different. Office and administrative functions, along with manufacturing and production roles, will see dramatic declines accounting for the demise of certain jobs over the next four years. Our future place of work will be fundamentally different.
There is a central driver for many of these transformations, and it is technology. Artificial intelligence, 3D printing, resource-efficient sustainable production and robotics will factor into the ways we currently make, manage and mend products and deliver services.
What will be absolutely decisive is how we equip our workforce to harness the power of this technology to transform our world for the better. That means ensuring the ICT skills of staff are fit for the future. It means providing incentives for lifelong learning as the pace of technological advancement quickens. And it means reinventing the HR function, equipping it to continually assess and provide for the training needs of employees. If we get this right the prize is clear. We have the potential to revolutionise the way we live and work and do it in a way that avoids the vicissitudes of previous industrial revolutions, creating new economic opportunities that we would not have before imagined.
As the digital revolution accelerates, technology gives us exciting opportunities to shape learning experiences and achieve learning goals. We must use every tool within our armoury to ensure the current and future generations are not left behind in the global digital skills race.
At the same time, it is important to recognise the role that a human teacher will always play in the classroom. They have a unique and personal insight into each learner’s progress, serving as a role model and local expert, and providing inspiration in a way technology itself cannot.
Combining the learning sciences with digital innovation, we can leverage the best of what digitally enhanced and human-driven education have to offer, creating learning experiences that keep pace with the digital skills demanded by the market. In turn, affecting individual lives, supporting business and transforming global communities.
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