The reason that it caught my attention is that whilst it highlights the challenges facing the world it also clearly shows the progress that has been made in terms of literacy, housing, income and technology. This latter point was particularly evident by the fact that internet usage and mobile phone ownership is now so widespread; we sometimes forget that these technologies barely existed 20 years ago.
Many predict that the next technological revolution will be the widespread use of 3D printers where we will no longer buy products but rather “blueprints” that allow us to manufacture goods in our own home. Who knows if and when this will become reality but we can be assured that technology will keep impacting on how we live as a society.
Though technology may change there are some skills that we will always need as individuals. Creativity, innovation, critical thinking, communication and leadership skills will always be required irrespective of the development of new technologies. At BVIS these skills are at the centre of all that we do in the school, from Primary to Secondary. We are proud that when our students leave the school they will not only be equipped with the qualifications and academic skills to study at any of the world’s top universities but also possess the personal attributes to succeed no matter what changes occur; indeed instead of viewing changes in technology as a challenge they are more likely to be entrepreneurial and identify opportunities as new technologies are developed.
I do encourage you to watch “If the world were 100 people” in the video below.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi