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Jakarta Post

Education today: In search of innovation

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 21 2011   /  08:00 am

The challenges the world is facing to make education more useful and meaningful are overwhelmingly multidimensional.

The world has changed a lot in the past few decades — technologically and culturally — but schools are more or less still the same as they were a few hundred years ago.

In most northern, developed countries, young people are dropping out of schools, for reasons that are probably best described in the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye or in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society — where boring schools are failing angsty teenagers who crave more than just Straight-‘A’s.
“Nobel” laureate for education: H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, hands the inaugural WISE Prize Award to Bangladeshi Fazle Hasan Abed (right) during the 2011 WISE summit in Doha on Nov. 1. Abed is the founder of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO th...