knowledge workers of the future
age is rapidly developing a workforce whose main
skill is one of thinking. Before long, knowledge
workers will compose our entire workforce.
educators ask worldwide is how to prepare the next
generation for their role as knowledge workers in
the information age.
developed by Knowledge Network, a South African
company, which equips learners with information
technology and life skills is in use in a number
of South Africa's top schools. Over 22,000
learners in South Africa are currently attending
classes using this curriculum. The curriculum
provides learners with a fun way to learn how to
apply technology to everyday life, and develops
creativity and lateral thinking.
Sharda Mandir School (S.B.S.M.) in Lenasia has
been using this curriculum since 1997, the results
of which are now evident in the progress made by
the pupils in the school, and in national and
international schools, after relocating.
with our vision and mission in providing world
class education and creating future leaders of
international standing, the S.B.S.M School
conducted a global search for a technology
partner," says Mr Harry Govind, education
advisor for S.B.S.M school in Lenasia.
technology as it provides all aspects of learning
made it imperative that we chose a technology
partner that could accommodate the needs of the
learners from year to year. The rapid rate of
change in technology can leave learners behind in
both content and development unless the curriculum
is updated as technology advances," says Mr
appointed Knowledge Network as the school's
technology partner in 1997. Knowledge Network's
curriculum is updated as technology and the level
of skill of the learners changes which means that
the learners at S.B.S.M are learning what is
relevant and current at the time," says Mr
Senior pupils at
the school will be advancing to Level 04 of the
curriculum when they return to school this week.
in our school attend classes using the Knowledge
Network curriculum. The content of the curriculum
and the method (Knowledge Network's ILAMM -
Integrated Learning and Mentoring Methodology) in
which it is presented is intellectually
challenging and mentally stimulating. Emphasis is
placed on the development of creativity,
innovation, thinking skills and life skills - all
of which are critical in the preparation of our
learners for their role as knowledge workers in
the business world," says Mr Govind.
In addition to the
Knowledge Network curriculum, the school offers a
computer science programme for those learners who
intend to follow a career in computer science
after school. The school's policy of making the
Knowledge Network curriculum compulsory for all
learners, ensures that all learners have the
opportunity to develop in areas which are
essential for life today.
Mr Harry Govind,
who is now based in Canada, says that he has found
that the curriculum has developed children in a
way that enables them to apply their creativity
and thinking skills to a new education system and
environment with ease. In some cases, it has
enabled them to move beyond the level of local
Knowledge Network together are creating true
knowledge workers for the future - people who are
creative, who are thinkers and who are trained to
use their brain power to achieve success,"
says Mr Govind.