How to prepare children for a tech-filled future

By Van Pham   March 25, 2021 | 04:30 am PT
The extraordinary progress made in science and technology and engineering is throwing up great opportunities and challenges for today's generation of students.

A four-engine flying chair that can transport you from home to work by air, show-stopping TVs that adapt to the environment, household robots that can set a table, pick up cutlery and wash dishes ... These futuristic sounding devices were on display at CES 2021, the world's largest technology exhibition held in Las Vegas in January, 2020.

A report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the end of 2020 predicted that in just four years machines would take over 50 percent of human work, 85 million jobs currently being done by humans would be automated, and 150 million new jobs would be generated to support this rapid shift.

The WEF also emphasized the large gap between current workers' skill sets and those demanded by this technological change. In order to remain relevant and be active, 70 percent of current workers worldwide need to learn and upskill at least every six months.

According to the WEF, critical thinking, creativity, digital and technological literacy, communication, and cooperation are the most important skills that workers need to be equipped with for future demands.

Education needs to be constantly updated for an ever changing world. Photo by ILA.

Education needs to be constantly updated for an ever changing world. Photo by ILA.

To help students be ready for the future, ILA, an educational organization, has empowered students to think global, act local by providing them with strong foundation and modern work environment.

"Where society evolves, education must also," an ILA spokesperson said.

"We must remain relevant and up-to-date to help students be confident in the face of change and be able to contribute to a better world. This has been the vision of ILA since 2020."

ILA has researched and developed international pre-school education, international university programs, and Smart Maths.

Over the past year the school has launched the ILO Academy Bilingual Kindergarten, SAT Exam preparation program in exclusive partnership with The Princeton Review and iMaths, an international math program delivered in an English-immersive environment.

ILO Academy brings the epitome of the Finnish education model to Vietnamese preschoolers. Students are encouraged to develop their social, cognitive, physical, cultural, and language skills in a supportive environment with expertly trained teachers and staff.

iMaths applies internationally recognized math methodologies to the curriculum to enrich and build students' confidence in their understanding and application of math concepts.

ILO Academy, iMATHS and SAT Exam aim to create a rich and harmonized education ecosystem, offering students a solid foundation for future success.

A class in ILA. Photo by: ILA

A class at ILA. Photo by ILA.

ILA is also focused on improving and innovating core curriculums and teaching methodologies. As a pioneer in bringing 21st century skills thinking and methodology to Vietnam, it now strives toward Smart Education 5.0, having students excel in developing five key quotients: Intelligence (IQ), Emotional (EQ), Creativity (CQ), Social (SQ), and Language (LQ).

"Society will reimagine agriculture through the creation of self-sustaining ecosystems, supported by AI and Robotics," a student said in his presentation at an ILA speaking contest.

"We will discover and populate distant planets. We will eradicate poverty and boost literacy and education through the use of widely available and affordable VR and IoT. Students in the poorest regions of the world will now be able to connect to globally recognized institutions and programs."

Nguyen Hoai Nam, an ILA student, the champion of English-speaking contest "Speak Up 2020" with the theme "ILA student draws the world of 2040."

ILA has 46 English language centers in 12 cities and provinces: Hanoi, HCMC, Quang Ninh (Ha Long), Hai Phong, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang), Binh Duong, Dong Nai (Bien Hoa), Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Kien Giang and Can Tho.

It offers English courses for children aged from three to 16, including a Summer program, iMaths for kids aged from four to 10, Adult English, IELTS preparation, SAT Exam preparation, and Business English.

For further information, contact 1900 6965.

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