The pandemic has highlighted our society’s institutionalized inequality. Gaps between class, education levels, race and gender have all been widened more than ever before, and organizations and institutions have a responsibility to find remedies for these issues.
In fact, industry research has found that only 3% of U.S., 10% of U.K. and 12% of Canada’s students “strongly agree” that their universities are preparing them for success in the current workforce. This lack of trust and reliability in our systems is hindering our ability to progress and become a society that is innovative.
Although the pandemic accelerated the adoption of new technologies, 80% of students around the world are not able to attend school, with many unable to even try because of the lack of access to technology and connectivity.
According to researchers from The Economist, students in high-income schools are “performing 12% better in their coursework than in January 2020. But for low-income schools, scores fell by 17%.”
However, there is a way to utilize this technology in a way that bolsters those who are not as privileged and create a school environment that engages them — innovate curriculum to better prepare students for the future of work.
There are various ways to accomplish this, including governments making amendments to their education system or allowing schools to participate in events that enable this change, such as coding bootcamps and competitions.
Giving students a headstart on the inevitable path our workforce is going down will not only give students a new sense of opportunity, but will help create a better tomorrow.