Education: From Information and Memorization to Concepts and Principals.
The “four Cs” will be central; Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity,
The focus will be on general-purpose life skills instead of predetermined skills. A 360-degree view of concepts using the cross-curricular application of 21st-century tools, spanning several areas of study (for example physical science, geography, world history, and earth science) will be thought,
Children will be taught the importance of reinvention. Since the only constant is change and change will be accelerated in the future, the ability to deal with change will be of the utmost importance. Instead of teaching children how to efficiently cram a lot of information, when this information is readily available on the internet, children will be taught how to make sense of that information, while also prioritizing and combining it.
Since dealing with constant change can be very stressful for the human mind, learning how to deal with mental flexibility and emotional balance will part of the 2030 educational curriculum. Curaçao is exporting research and knowledge to the region - a developed Knowledge Economy (example fields IT, maritime/coastal, urbanization, agriculture/environment, alternative energy, transport, design).
The system will include at least one high-quality education center ranking in the top 3 of the best regional universities, attracting local and international students, and local and international teachers/professors give classes. The university itself becomes a vibrant place of innovation and knowledge-sharing. University expands, with more students, on-site/nearby student housing, research centers, start-ups.
Good public transport connections (perhaps free for students) will be provided to all schools and universities. Internet and laptops will be provided for all children to offer digital education. More attention will be paid to the Science and Technology curriculum at schools, starting from primary school. Next to English, Papiamentu, Dutch, coding languages are also taught at a young age.
(Research of) Use of data and automation to develop more efficient networks, transport, public services, food supply, safety and security.
A modern and well-visited library with the proper amenities and services to offer space for people to meet, discuss, exchange ideas, organize workshops. A place to meet, share ideas and knowledge.
Attractive and regularly organized local and international science/technology challenges to stimulate students to collaborate and innovate.
Local studying abroad returns, temporarily and long-term versions, with attractive programs for internships and traineeships.