Abdikadir Ismail is a teacher atMwangaza Muslim Mixed Day Secondary School. In 2018 he was nominated as one of the Top 50 Global Teachers Finalists in the world by the Global Education and Skills Forum. Here he tells us why he first introduced the Award into his school and why he thinks non-formal education is so vital.
Why did you introduce the Award to your school?
I introduced the Award into my school because I believe in the holistic development of learners. We aren’t short of brilliant students in the world in academics but we lack those with empathy, compassion, resilience, and survivors against odds. These are the skills I hoped my learners will build.
What do you think your students have learned/gained from doing their Awards?
Our students are learning basic life skills. Navigation isn’t something we care so much about or take for granted but it is a skill that we need in our lives especially as we keep moving from our familiar environments. Cooking skills, caring for the environment, patience, teamwork and supporting each other are just but some of the skills learned.
What elements contribute to a good education?
All roundedness where the focus is not just on academics but life contributes to a good education. Education should include teaching life skills that are transferable and required across different sectors.
Do you think non-formal education is important and if so, why?
Yes, it is very important. Non-formal education allows learners to complement what they learn from the formal sector. It helps learners fit well in society because they develop life skills and a number of motor skills needed for daily living.
How has the role of educators changed to date? And how do you think they’ll change in the future?
Teachers are no longer the sages on the stage but guides by the side. Teachers roles have changed from being the know it all to a learner of their own learning. This role will change greatly especially with the advent of Ai that allows us to have rich data to depend on before making decisions.
What does the future of education entail? What changes do you hope will be made?
The future of education is in coming back to the basics. There are many values that are slowly get lost – volunteerism and empathy, for instance, are needed more. There is a need to have more tolerance.
How do we best equip and empower young people to be agents of positive change in the future?
Let us allow them to be themselves. We shouldn’t push the learners to what we think is best for them but what it is that they can contribute to the betterment of the future of themselves, the community and the globe generally.
we can do this by allowing multi-sectoral approach in our teaching and learning, reduce the focus on academically oriented learning to all inclusive where talents, competencies, and abilities are not only valued but nurtured.
Mwangaza Muslim Mixed Day Secondary School
Top 50 Global Teacher Finalist (2018)