In December we announced the World Bank Group and the Financial Times blog writing competition, ‘How Would You Reimagine Education?’ The competition closed on January 31st and we received almost 600 entries from more than 90 countries. This competition built on our Human Capital Project as well as the World Bank’s World Development Reports on The Changing Nature of Work and LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise.
Several common themes emerged from the blog posts across cultures and continents. Despite the rising use of technology in classrooms, students said teachers and personal interactions would always remain valuable. They also highlighted that teaching methods have not changed for centuries and reviving that system to help students think critically, solve problems, and enhance their creativity would be crucial.
We had several excellent entries which ensued in a tough evaluation process. However, we finally emerged with two winners who were announced at the World Bank Group Spring Meetings event on the Learning Revolution.
The winners are Ishita Gupta from the Inventure Academy in Bangalore, India and Nhi Doan from The Olympia Schools in Hanoi, Vietnam. When Ishita is not in school, she enjoys long distance running, photography and participating in the Model UN. Nhi is passionate about urban studies and is working on a research project on the line between private and public space in a social housing quarter in Hanoi.
Read their blog posts here:
Ishita Gupta: The future is in the decisions we make now
Nhi Doan: Bricks-and-mortar learning is obsolete