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Success Skills for Tomorrow Discussion in Plovdiv

02 Jul 2020
Digital literacy, communication and adaptability. creative and critical thinking - the core 21st century skills, every student needs to be successful being the main workforce of our era.

Discussion “Success Skills for Tomorrow – The Requirements of the future workforce. Embedding 21st Century skills into Educational Systems” that took place in our BSS Campus Plovdiv focused on the important skills education should implement from an early age and prepare students to be successful in their future working areas. Special guests and speakers were Mrs. Anelia Todorova, Deuty Director of the International Trade Department of the British Embassy Sofia, Mr. Victor Gugushev, president of FBN Next Gen, and Mrs. Teodora Nenova, Principal of BSS. Welcoming remarks made Mr. Matthew Osborn, Headmaster of BSS, and the Mayor of Markovo Mrs. Dessislava Terzieva.

The discussion took place on the 1st of July in Plovdiv and attracted business representatives from Plovdiv.

Mr. Matthew Osborn, Headmaster of BSS, addressed the community: "Welcome to BSS Campus Plovdiv – I am delighted to welcome you on this wonderful day to have this discussion on education and business."

"I think in the world we live in the idea of an education and work is so intertwined and it is so important that they speak to one another and we understand one another", said Mr. Osborn.

At the moment from an educational point of view I don’t think the communication from education side is good enough and we are trying, doing a good job, of changing that to the 21st century skills that you as businessmen are looking for, he added. According to Mr. Osborn, one of the many things we hold very strong to ourselves as a school in our vision and mission is those 21st century skills – creativity, discussion, critical thinking, the idea of being adaptable in a world that is changing, those are core to what we teach our children and I hope that this will lead to a better and more successful place to the children to go to the world of work.

I am happy to welcome you to the first of many discussions that we’ll make, said at the end Mr. Osborn.

Teacher-centred educational system is an old model – nowadays we see more and more student-centred classrooms, where the most important is children’s needs, said during the discussion Mrs. Anelia Todorova, Deputy Director of the International Trade Department of the British Embassy Sofia. She added she is extremely happy that the discussion takes place in British School of Sofia, being a school that teaches the 21st skills in their students.

Mrs. Todorova addressed the business with a specific message – to open their doors to the children from an early age so they experience different professions and make a choice what they want to be, leaving their micro area of the family and getting to know much more about the professions that exist. This is how children will have enough time to decide what they want to become and to invest in their future life.

“People need to believe in a cause and that is why it is really important that companies define very accurate their values and communicate them in an appropriate way with the working force. If you open your doors for young people and organise discussions like this regularly, if you believe in young people, being the future, you will have much more success”, commented Mr. Victor Gugushev, president of FBN Next Gеn. He also commented that the private sector of economics is the one that provokes changes, including education, and contacts with educational institutions are more than obligatory.

According to Mr. Gugushev, every different offspring grows, educates and works in different environment and the specifics of this environment should be taken in mind when businesses acquire new workers.

Education is one of the most conservative sectors and changes happen in a period of 70 years, said Mrs. Teodora Nenova, Principal of Britsh School of Sofia. She added that 200 new professions appear every year and now we prepare children, that are going to work in the future – professions that still do not exist. That is why we need to adapt to this fast-moving world – and to adapt the education.

Ïf we start developing 21st century skills in our children since Kindergarten it is most likely that they will succeed and that the society can benefit from this process”, commented Mrs. Nenova.

“Let’s learn our children how to be adaptable as the change is one of the main characteristics of the world we live in”, said Mrs. Nenova at the end.

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