Welcome from the Director General

 

We live in a fast-paced era of technological and societal change which requires us to adapt and evolve in ways our ancestors could not have anticipated.

 

The ubiquitous Internet has powered global progress, but it has also introduced new levels of complication, disruption and risk. 

Today, it is not only nations that are globally interconnected, it is also each one of us. In an online world, individuals now have the power to influence and impact people and groups. The rule book of how we evolve and manage ourselves as citizens and societies is being re-written. 

As a result, young people need to be equipped with the skills necessary to navigate this new, connected world. Families and educators need to work together to help the next generation develop the courage, confidence and emotional intelligence that will prepare them to become future leaders at home and on the international stage.

So, how do we ensure our children are well prepared to become custodians of their nation and its place in the wider world?  

The answer lies in no small part in the evolution of education. 

The style of curriculum students continue to follow in many parts of the world is inadequate, focusing more the recall of facts, figures and key words than on the development of character, creativity and innovative thinking. There is a need to review teaching and learning practices, updating them to engage and empower young people with the skills they really need.

It is within this context that we have developed our Misk Schools educational philosophy, which is designed specifically to prepare the next generation of Saudi leaders as they enter an ever more complex and dynamic period of their country’s history. 

 

Brendan Law 

Director General, Misk Schools

 

“Our country is rich in its natural resources… But our real wealth lies in the ambition of our people and the potential of our younger generation. They are our nation’s pride and the architects of our future.”

Vision 2030 Message from His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.

Focus on “human” skills, not just digital competencies

“As entire new industries are created and traditional ones expand and contract significantly, the skills needed to keep up are evolving at a faster rate than ever before. Educators and higher education leaders must approach skills competency with a flexible growth mindset that will serve students well across the global, knowledge-based economy – and throughout their careers. There is an undeniable need to train the next generation in emerging digital competencies and to be fluent in designing, developing or employing technology responsibly. At the same time, 21st-century students must learn how to approach problems from many perspectives, cultivate and exploit creativity, engage in complex communication, and leverage critical thinking. With a future of work that is constantly evolving, these non-automatable “human” skills are foundational, and will only increase in value as automation becomes more mainstream.”

Excerpt from an article written by Farnam Jahanian, President, Carnegie Mellon University, as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, January 2020.