Lack of engaging opportunities for children in the age group of 10-15 to build 21st century skills
India is striving to be the world’s largest economy which would result in better livelihood and better living conditions for all. World Economic Forum Report 2016 has identified 21st-century skills like creativity and problem-solving skills as significant for children to thrive in the innovative world. Also, the report shows, with data of 21st-century skills of children in 90 countries, that children in developed countries are higher on critical thinking and creativity as compared to their counterparts.
Children, in the age group of 10-15 in India, lack engaging opportunities to build 21st-century skills including critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and perseverance. We all will find it hard to make India the largest economy for a better living if children are not empowered with 21st-century skills. The root causes of the problem are lack of engaging curriculum focused on 21st-centuryst century skills, lack of skilled teachers, and lack of awareness about these innovative skills in parents and other stakeholders.