Good Learning inveronment better job creators!

I agree with Seymour Papert speech to Japan educators. In his speech to Japanese Educators, he cleared how important teaching is, but how much more learning is important. At all levels, learning should be part of some thing real, constructing things, reflecting the knowledge on reality of life, learner should ask him/her self ” Why am I studding this? What should be the impact of what I nam studying to my developement personally and my community’?
This brought me to think about Rwandan student’s path towards a job’s market, do our teaching systems provide to students enough space for dream/vocation/need/interest driven activities? For students to exercise their creativity in different fields of their studies requires financial means, and strong guidance to implement their own projects and space for innovation.
After graduation from different universities, graduates hurry-up to notify ( authenticate) their degrees to apply for jobs, the trust in them to use what they studied is minor despite many years they spend in academic places. The government insists for students to be job creators, entrepreneurs, but look back at their academic calendar, teaching methodology, asseements and learning environment do not really help students to experimentally and practically exercise their ability to create and innovate.

The education should target to solve sustainably the community need. As days bring different need in the community, education should be reformed accordingly. We can’t keep expecting our graduates from high learning institutions to be job creators, entrepreneurs, and self reliable, while our education system and learning environment do not offer opportunities to exercise these processes.

The most needed is not only to have huge number of students and qualified teachers in higher learning intitutions, but also provide opportunity for students to take initiative for new ventures, mostly implementing their own innovative ideas, or ventures based on their research outcomes.

  • Reform of academic system to base the academic research to community need for problem solving.
  • The reform of academic calenders to include time for creativity and entreprenurial idea development.
  • Finacialy assist the identified entrepreunurial idea to be successful.
  • Provide time for internship and volunteering to build thier capacity under mentorship model.
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2 Responses to Good Learning inveronment better job creators!

  1. Dr. Blaise Talla says:

    I love your comment; but don’t you think we may also face the problem of quality in education if the curriculum keeps changing? I say so because needs as we know are unlimited, and we live in very volatile moments. If at all it could be possible to develop such a context specific and always evolving educational system, then what do you think should be the standards that ought to be set in order to regulate quality?

  2. rwagaju says:

    Dear Dr.Blaise,
    Thanks for your comment and you concern about problem of quality of education we might face if the curriculum keeps changing.

    First, let try to see the contribution of the curriculum itself in teaching&Learning:
    – Curriculum meaning you have to learn this on a given day, example; At the ninth of May in your eighth years. It guides teachers what to teach one after other as well as to test whether students retained something within the framework of curriculum. Does this really regulate or ensure the student learned ..let say it is! then how do we regulate the quality of learning ? is it by testing how many right & wrong answers they can give to questions picked from the curriculum? We both know that this method of evaluation doesn’t help in testing some important intends of education like; managerial skills, problem solving, decision making, negotiating skills..etc.
    I think the curriculum just gives better/orderly/easier ways for the teacher to instruct in given time period, but it doesn’t give better opportunity for learners to learn/construct their knowledge on curriculum’s content, because knowledge …is not the information, a commodity to be delivered at one end (teacher, book,..) and received, unchanged, at the other ( learner) but the lesson from experience. Knowledge is about which new or more lucid understanding constructed/retained by learner from the learning process.
    As teaching never be direct and as learning does not occur always as result of teaching, changing curriculum or increasing specialization ( new subject disciplines) …etc will not sufficiently solve the lack of creativity, innovation, managerial skills..in our graduands, unless our learning environment expose our learners to situations that require them to resolve the unresolvable tension between being embedded in situations and emerging from embeddedness, which is actually the definition of human development.
    I would like to say that today’s teaching ( in Rwanda, I think is the same in many countries too) is its not effective in the sense the students are not in the position to apply what they have studied in the practical way, which shows that we don’t exactly creating a better learning environment rather an easier teaching environment that focuses only on percentage means mugging up and flushing out every thing after exam.
    This shows that our teaching system should reform the way of educating their student for instance following analogy coaching, smart classes were the students can analyse and they can be think in a realistic way,Initiative taking ( even those involving funds uses & project implementations), construct their knowledge mainly based on their interest instead of limited curriculum in terms of time and credits. Make a life in school a pathway to build an experience of problem solving, initiative taking, managerial skills …which are core of successful entrepreneurial character. Otherwise we will be asking our graduands to show/prove what we prevented them to have access to.
    Thanks again for your comment,
    Warm regards

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