Sixty-five percent (65%) of children entering primary school today will end up working in jobs that have yet to be created. How can we prepare our students for a future we can hardly imagine ourselves?

Our teachers and administrators face unprecedented challenges in the coming years. And no crystal balls are commercially available to help us make all of the right predictions for charting a path forward. The popular estimate cited above demonstrates the urgency of developing a modern curriculum that meets the demands of a quickly evolving digital world while making sure teaching staff are equipped with first-rate tools to prepare our students for unprecedented change.

We know that our children will need to be tech-savvy to thrive in tomorrow’s digital economy. Business leaders are already warning us of the near and present danger of a tech worker shortage. One million tech jobs globally go unfilled at present. A report by Skillsoft found that 76 percent of IT decision-makers worldwide are facing critical skills gaps in their departments – a 145 percent increase since 2016. By 2029, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us the employment of tech talent is projected to increase 22 percent.

We need to take bold action to deliver education that prepares our kids for the many challenges that lay ahead of them. To do this, we must critically assess the tools we have as educators and determine what kind of upgrades are required to survive and thrive in a world we can only imagine. But who is going to teach our children these new digital age skills? Not only is there a shortage of technology workers, but there is also a shortage of teachers equipped to deliver robust tech education.

In Romania, where our technology sector is booming, we are taking proactive steps to make sure that the industry that has helped transform our economy stays on track. We are working to ensure that all of our teachers, from our capital of Bucharest to our rural expanses, are equipped to teach the skills of the future.

Three years ago we began an ambitious pilot program with 1,600 teachers and 50,000 middle school children to engage them in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We built a customized adaptive learning platform using artificial intelligence and other modern technologies not only to teach coding but to enable students to see how transformative new digital tools can be. Including robotics in our program truly captured the attention of our young people.

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