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Adebayo Alomaja Unpacks Key Trends Shaping the Future of Education

From episode: Transforming STEAM Education: Embracing Authentic Learning and AI for a Brighter Future

was looking at your LinkedIn, you mentioned your work at EZDG, where you've been studying the educational trends. You read a lot. So you have identified five key trends. Could you share those trends with us and how does that inform, I guess, your vision as we talk about the use of data? Yeah, thank you so much. Thank you so much, Dr. Eyal. In one of my posts, I talked about five key trends that will characterize K -12 education in Africa by 2030. And of course, I always say that the future is not vague. When we look at the future, for example, if I am in year two today, if I'm in year two today, in the next four years, I should be in year six. That's by design. So all things being equal, I should be in year six. But okay, so for the sake of eventualities and the likes, let me put two, three or four years ahead. So if I'm in year two today, I will say that in the next four to eight years, I should be done or I should be done with anything called year six. So look at that kind of simple analysis. So the future is not totally vague. If we do backcasting and backcasting is just basically about studying how things have evolved in the previous years. For example, I checked how 3G, 4G and 5G came to Nigeria. And then I discovered from my research that the gap between their adoption was six to eight years. That's 3G, 4G and 5G in Nigeria. So the gap was just between six to eight years. Now, that's just something to me. Of course, if I look at the impact of that on the digital economy in Nigeria and the predictions around the digital economy in Nigeria. Sorry, I'm digressing a little bit. No, no, I won't say analogies. That's great. Yeah, that's something because I am always thinking about the future and what needs to be done today in K -12 so that we're raising kids that can thrive when they get to the future. Kids are not going to be confused. Kids that can be so much empowered and even think beyond themselves to add value to the society. So when I think about that, for example, I'm talking about 3G, 4G, 5G and how it came to Nigeria. That backcasting review gives an insight. So based on that, I can say that if 5G came to Nigeria this year, they're most likely in the next six to eight years, we're going to have another version, maybe 6G or something else, or maybe not 6G. But that pattern shows that there's a likelihood that around that period, something is going to happen. So when we, as future priests, when we see some things like that, I don't think it's spiritual, actually. I just think that it's just studying the way things are evolving, which anybody can actually do if you're passionate about and understand that this is what might happen at this period because of what we have seen that has happened in this particular period in the past. So five key things, five key things I put here, I said, number one, I said, learning will no longer be tied to a place called school, but an experience that promotes lifelong learning. As learners, we now be able to learn anywhere and anytime. So there will be nothing like homework or classwork, but assessments to provide feedback and ensure mastery. Now, the question, is this happening right now? This is happening right now. I forgot to mention something. So when we look at the future, that there are three P's, there is the possible, there's the preferable, and there's the predictable. So there are things that when we look at the future, we can say that this is possible at this time. There are things that we can say that this one is still in the predictable realm. So it's still in the predictable realm. We can have five years or some six, seven years to it. It looks like it might happen this period. There's something is shaking about it. But some factors are trying to say that it might or it might not, it's quite predictable. And why some things may not just be preferable. So right now, there's a flying car. A flying car was just launched, I think, last week thereabouts. And so the question is in Nigeria, are we going to have your flying car by 2030? The issue is that's not possible and it's not even preferable because right now, we're just trying to bring in electric cars into Nigeria. We have some electric cars in Nigeria right now. We're just trying to get on our own. And for infrastructure and many reasons, we can't use flying cars in Nigeria by 2030. That's going to be a big problem. So this particular thing is something that is happening even right now. So we see, for example, the school I talked about earlier, first guidance school, they are now hybrid. I'm an hybrid in the constant. They are now hybrid in the sense that there are days that some kids don't come to the physical school. They just learn from home. They just learn from home because the structure within the school environment is that the kids can connect with their classroom from anywhere. So we're going to have connected classrooms. They can connect to their classroom from anywhere. That is happening today in Nigeria.

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