Thursday, September 13, 2012

This is what true learning means

by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, VC AIU
EDUCATION is always about change. Foremost, it is at the level of thought, to better understand and effect the change. The more effective the change, the more pervasive the influence.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's Report of the International Commission on Education for the 21st century aptly introduces "the four pillars of learning", the fundamental principles for reshaping education.
They are:
LEARNING to know is about learning as both a means and an end of human existence.
People have to learn to understand their world and its complexities, and to provide an appropriate and adequate foundation for future learning.
LEARNING to do is about transforming certified skills into personal competence to enable individuals to effectively participate in the local and global setting and society.
It is backed by a mixed set of skills/competencies and talents, social behaviour, initiatives and willingness to adapt in a variety of work-live environment.
People must learn to act appropriately in any kind of situation and become involved in shaping the future.
LEARNING to live together should help in inculcating a spirit of empathy in students so that it can have a positive effect on their social behaviour throughout their lives.
It is to expose individuals to the values and intercultural understanding, respect and trust at all levels of society to enhance human dignity based on the relationships of peace and harmony.
Resolving conflicts through dialogue and discussion is considered the essential tools of present day education.
LEARNING to be aimed at the complete fulfilment of the human person in a holistic way as an individual, member of a family and community and as a responsible citizen. This is to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential for an all-round complete person, based on universally shared values while appreciating diversity.
All these will be in many ways spelled out in the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which serves as a good starting point to contemplate the transformational journey.
What is new would be the mindscape, a mental blueprint that would allow the national education philosophy to be translated into reality for the 21st century.
But only if we first watch our thoughts so that the final destiny could be realised with ease.

Read more: This is what true learning means - Columnist - New Straits Times

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