1.The Failing Education System
Quality education and good pedagogical practices have been the topics of discussion amongst some of the world’s most renowned educators, leaders, and psychologists for some time. Most of them agree that the education system is failing and more needs to be done to improve its efficiency, effectiveness, and relevance for all learners. Many have also agreed that education is the most effective tool that can be used to alleviate poverty, create sustainability and improve world peace.
However, improving the education system does not come without its fair share of challenges. Many researchers have realized that there is no unison between stakeholders i.e; Parents, Educators, Psychologists, and students.
Researchers have also identified other factors contributing to the failing education system such as:
- Each student learns differently and many educators are not trained in the department of psychology or possess the ability to identify their students’ learning styles, learning abilities, or learning disabilities.
- Many educators within the education system today also do not understand how to adapt and/or change their pedagogical practices to suit the needs of each individual learner according to their learning capabilities or learning disabilities, learning styles, and learning preferences.
- A lack of technological training in the use of technology to enhance pedagogies among educators.
- A lack of parental involvement at school and at home (home-school connection), which also contributes to a lack of encouragement from parents to complete school obligations.
- A lack of understanding student competencies and preferences at schools to prepare them for 21st-century employment opportunities.
- Insufficient student support services staff in ratio to school student population.
- Under-utilization of technology to stimulate and enhance the learning experiences of today’s learners.
- A lack of technological training in the use of technology to enhance and stimulate learning at home among parents and students.
The ‘United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’ and the ‘World Education Forum’ in 2015 have discussed steps to transforming the education system for good and for all. They are currently engaging in influencing education policies to include the “Right to Education, Equity in Education, Inclusive Education, Quality Education and Lifelong Learning” (see www.unesco.org). According to their research good quality education is currently a privilege of the few.
2. How the World’s First Full-Service Education Program Can Help
‘GRAPES’ was founded on the research previously identified, and its founders have made bold steps to creating a six-step program that can contribute to Education System Transformation. As the ‘World’s First Full-Service Education Program, ‘GRAPES’ helps foster relationships between Educators, Parents, Psychologists, Students, and Technology. They accomplish this via their innovative and pioneering six-step model that provides:
- An understanding of each student’s individual learning preferences/styles and provides customized pedagogical recommendations to educators by qualified psychologists (psychologist-> educator-> student relationship).
- An understanding of each student’s personality and competency for specific careers by highly-qualified consultants.
- Counselling to parents and guardians on parental involvement at school and parenting best-practices that foster a safe, clean and healthy environment at home that is conducive to learning (psychologist-> parent-> educator relationship).
- Computer devices to enhance the learning experiences at schools and at home supported by Microsoft (technology provider->educator->student relationship).
- Technological training in the use of technology among educators, parents, and students by qualified representatives of Microsoft (technology provider->educator->student->parent relationship).
Click here for more information on the ‘GRAPES’ six-step model.