To enable pupils to flourish in the 21st century, general consensus among many educational researchers all around the world has indicated that the youth will need a different skillset to succeed. These skills are well-defined by many projects and educationalists, and are effectively the ability to use knowledge to solve problems, to work collectively, to think creatively and to reflect on their own thinking.
In other words, the concept 21st century learning and teaching refers to a whole new approach to learning and teaching that prepares young minds for life in the 21st century.
Despite the technology in classrooms, children do not learn by themselves and thus deep, meaningful learning remains a core requirement. Teachers in South Africa and all over the world need to be smarter than ever before. They need to understand how learning takes place and how we can improve students’ ability, and desire, to keep on learning.
21st Century learning means: