Education at any level is rich in its intersectional vagaries of class, gender, caste and race. EduTech is not about Zoom classes, but the fibre of the faculty delivering the instruction. Is the training, hands on enough or is the candidate having the correct pre-requisites and the resources to complete the course? Let us shine the spotlight on the basics which would be needed to create a future proof workforce, based on a robust state driven public education system which most of the population could afford such as Singapore where coding among other subjects is a part of the pedagogy. Skill building is a Lego block, it requires constant building on a firm foundation to ignite the sparks for success.
The key to the non-PR version of the community will be to include the voices who embed the product authentically to create ground up solutions. The product tribe is not manufactured, rather unearthed. Viral trends do not capture these voices, yet these people are the fabric of our society and the unpacked notion of the ‘community’ removed from stakeholder engagement jargon.
The promised land with technological advancements and open internet was the one which was open, equal and inclusive and not the divisive one which we are living in now. To build that future, we must collectively act together to find solutions and be brave enough to cross the lines and redefine what we have accepted as norms – and if we delay our move, our opponents will inevitably take us to a point of no return.