ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka plans to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)-oriented education system in a bid to revamp the island nation’s “outdated” education system, an education ministry official said.
“Our existing education system is highly outdated, the current system is built on the 3R system, which is Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The 3R model is essential but it is insufficient to meet 21st century challenges, National Institute of Education Director General Sunil Jayantha Nawarathna told Economy Next.
STEAM education is an approach to learn the uses of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as an access point for guiding and improving student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
“Instead of just teaching the students Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, we should allow them to use that knowledge for day to day living or resolving everyday problems,”. said Nawarathna.
Originated in the United States, STEAM education is currently used in 96 countries around the world and has attracted the attention of educators everywhere as a highly successful method of education.
“To produce people for the fourth4th industrial revolution and to make them ready for the 21st century, we have to add the 3Ls, namely, learning skills, literacy skills and life skills.”.
The STEAM model will be introduced by the Education Ministry through a transformational process of education with combinations of theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom which will then be practically followed.
Addressing a press conference, Education Minister, Susil Premajayantha said that children should be given the opportunity to get hands-on observations and experiences in different environments such as museums and mining centers that are not limited to the classroom.
“Developing subjects such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, genetic technology should be opened to school children by providing opportunities to use them and the use of new is good support,” Premajayantha said.
“The concept will first be introduced to teachers as there is no certain age for this program any student or teacher can try this,” Nawarathna said, speaking to EconomyNext. (Colombo/Apr06/2023)