When education lasts a lifetime
Today, the concept of education takes on a new meaning – we have to learn constantly, because the reality around us is constantly changing.
Learning is a fascinating phenomenon, perhaps even crucial in our lives. Children put a lot of enthusiasm into them. Their curiosity and determination in this process are inspiring – despite failures and thousands of falls, they keep trying until they have the skills they want. The assimilation of knowledge about the world is a bottomless well from which the young mind can draw again and again. But what if we look at life as a continuous learning process that does not end with a certain age?
Nowadays, the concept of education ceases to apply only to childhood and early youth. Science takes on a new dimension for everyone – young and old. In this context, the concept of lifelong learning was created, i.e. the ability to learn throughout life. Being flexible and adapting quickly to changes are crucial. It is estimated that in the next 20-25 years, more than half of the existing professions will disappear as a result of technological changes, and up to 65% of children currently entering education will work in professions that do not exist yet . Among adults, including seniors, there is more and more displacement, creating one's own profession, and the desire to acquire new skills. That is why it is so important that modern education keeps pace with social changes and that the current education systems sufficiently support us in gaining knowledge, drawing on innovative methods and solutions.
The exhibition "What if the education lasts a lifetime" shows projects that contradict traditional models of knowledge transfer. The presented works concern the possibility of changes in the educational solutions adopted so far, they propose new forms of learning and teaching, and show innovative initiatives adapted to social changes. Contemporary education faces new challenges related to the future. Therefore, teaching more and more often concerns new subject areas, for example, the skilful use of data, searching for and verifying information, caring for sustainable development, technological skills, and many others. In order to meet the needs and integration of future and present generations, it is also important to recognize the value of soft skills. Building knowledge about awareness of your own emotions, teamwork, communication, intercultural awareness or understanding for otherness is extremely valuable. We need the evolution and adaptation of alternative learning methods that develop us in order to continue to grow and learn at all ages.
 World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs Report 2020, 2020