The year 2030 seems barely visible on the horizon. However, a child born in Alberta this year will be of age in 2030. The birthrights of this child are many, including access to a publicly funded education system widely acknowledged as among the best in the world. But will it be enough? Will the child born this year have the skills necessary to both continue the Alberta legacy and strengthen it?
Today’s generation has seen the rise of knowledge as a key resource of the world’s economy. In the future, Alberta’s economy will be even more knowledge-based, diverse and grounded in value-added industries. As never before, the next generation will need to be innovative, creative, and skilled in managing knowledge as a resource. It will experience a world increasingly interdependent and competitive—factors that will add complexity to decisions about many issues, including the use of natural resources. The child born this year will be a member of a population both older
and more diverse than our population today. For every two people retiring in the next decade, there will be less than one person to take those jobs. At the same time, current growth rates will add 80,000 people to the province every year, a number equivalent to the population of Lethbridge in 2007. The child born this year will have more interactions with differing cultures, languages and religions than ever before.
In all of this, the pace of change will be relentless and greater than we have ever experienced. How do we ensure the child born this year can adapt to the many changes ahead? As importantly, how do we help children discover and pursue their passions? How do we help them make successful transitions to adulthood? And how do we help them become lifelong learners who contribute to healthy, inclusive communities and thriving economies?
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Alberta Education. (2010). Inspiring education: A dialogue with Albertans. Retrieved from http://education.alberta.ca/media/7145083/inspiring%20education%20steering%20committee%20report.pdf