Developing Children From Young

by Patrick Liew on January 9, 2017

As we come to grips with a fast-changing world, we cannot afford to change on a linear or piece-meal basis.

We need to change the culture and change the eco-system to support the cultural change so that our children can survive and succeed in the disruptive future

As a start, we need to transform ourselves to become a culture that will be discontented with status quo. We’ll have the grit and resilience to improve creativity and innovation so as to achieve better results on an ongoing basis.

However, as long as the dark side of “kiasuism” is still running in our DNA, supported by an aversion for failures and rejections, we would limit ourselves from capitalising on the opportunities in the new age.

Building an innovative culture, like charity, begins at home. We need to ensure that our children are brought up to be committed, curious and courageous enough to want to create a better world.

In addition, we should prepare our people from young to anticipate, master, and respond to technological advancements.

For example, incorporate fun-filled ICT-based educational programmes in homes, childcare centres and kindergartens.

Create simple and exciting robots to help our children develop passion for basic system designs and enjoy coding them in an inspirational and conducive environment.

Research shows that diversity of human talents can contribute to a creative and innovative environment and these talents may not necessarily be based in Singapore.

In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, our children may have to grow up to operate as network leaders, harnessing and managing resources of the most talented people, groups, and organisations from within the country and without.

They have to learn how to connect, communicate and collaborate with different talents to co-create solutions in digital spaces and in the global community.

Let’s explore how we can connect our children from young to people from different countries and cultures so that they’ll learn how to develop emotional and cultural intelligence and develop interpersonal and intra-personal skills.

If the best way to predict the future is to create it, then the best way to secure our future is to train our people, including our children to have the necessary competences to design and develop our own destiny.


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