Global 21st Century Skills Education News

United States

New Mexico

Nearly 100 middle school girls explored college and career options in science, technology, engineering and math during the first-ever GEAR UP New Mexico Girls STEM Pathways Conference held this month in Albuquerque. Hosted by Gaining Early Awareness in Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a federal college and career readiness program housed at the New Mexico Higher Education Department, and STEM Santa Fe, the conference brought students together from school districts across New Mexico to listen to presentations and participate in hands-on activities related to STEM career pathways according to LAdailypost.

UK

The UK’s digital skills gap is widening, which is having a major impact on the economy, employment and the productivity of our industries. Unfilled job vacancies in the UK are costing the economy an astounding £6.3 billion per year in lost GDP, largely due to a widespread lack of proper digital and computing skills in the workforce according the Education Technology.

South Africa

Coding, robotics curriculum resumes at SA schools

he Department of Basic Education (DBE) is resuming SA’s coding and robotics curriculum pilot, which it halted due to the disruption in learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

So said DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga in a telephonic interview with ITWeb.

The pandemic saw schools being closed during the hard lockdown, and schools later implemented rotational timetables, which also impacted learning according to itweb.com.

Cost of Education in South Africa

The cost of tertiary education has increased by 4.2% in 2022, making access to education a challenge for many South Africans. This, coupled with rising inflation and the lingering financial impact of the pandemic, has left almost a quarter of students unable to repay their student loans, which leads to them dropping out.

Tertiary education fees have been an ongoing challenge in the country which has led to movements such as #FeesMustFall. As South Africa is facing a rising unemployment rate, it is time for the private sector to come to the fore and aid in making education more affordable and accessible to more students through the provision of alternative options according to IT-Online.

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