THE THIRD MILLENNIUM’S CHALLENGES TO THE KNOWLEDGE BUILDERS OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION By: Erlinda C. Pefianco Ph.D. Reporter: Sheila May H. Montenegro. The Knowledge Builders.
Sheila May H. Montenegro
1. The learning continuum is fast becoming borderless, embracing a lifelong dimension, with the pace of the knowledge acquisition described as unprecedented.
Attitudes, aptitudes and values are learned not only through the classroom as mediated by the teacher. Various modes can and will be employed to delver the messages, reaching a broad range of audiences.
2. Population growth is fast outpacing the world’s capacity to provide learning opportunities to individuals and groups. Mass participation in education needs to be addressed by the education sector.
The education system must develop innovative and creative ways to enable young people, lured by the newly-found economic prosperity, to complete basic education and propel themselves to higher levels of specialization.
3. Recognition of prior learning, accreditation and equivalency are approaches that are gaining substantial focus.
4. Work-specific and beyond-the-campus strategies deserve the educator’s attention.
5. Distance education, open learning and other flexible system are now recognized as having the capacity to provide access to lifelong education opportunities.