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As 2019 comes to an end, it is time to reflect on both our successes and struggles. In the childcare industry, there are a lot of ups and downs but I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have been given this year. One of which was the privilege of being a panellist at GFEL (Global Forum for Education and Learning) Dubai 2019 where I was able to share my vision of teaching and education.

Titled “The Speed of Skill Change: What Education Institutions Need to Keep Up”, I talked about how the future belongs to those who possess emotional intelligence and skills:

As we move towards a future when automation and technology will do most of the heavy lifting, the ability to deliver compassion and empathy will become more valuable. Not only that, soft skills (such as problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, creativity, ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity) that cannot be automated will take on a brand new significance.

So what does this mean for the future of education?

At Ilham Child Care we understand the importance of inculcating positive values in our students from a young age. We do so by organising activities that focus on character-building, developing a growth mindset and volunteering.

These activities will help inculcate necessary life skills and values such as compassion, positivity, resilience and the ability to think out of the box, all of which will help our children face the challenges of the future.

We are also an inclusive childcare centre so not only do we help atypical students and students with special needs to develop their social skills, we also promote tolerance and the need to accept others regardless of differences.

As we begin 2020 with a renewed focus and a fresh start, I hope to work harder to give children the best resources and opportunities to excel in life regardless of their background. What are your 2020 goals?