Time Now for Digital Education for Youths!- A Perspective from Desheng School (International)
- October 17, 2020
- Posted by: Matthias Chin
- Category: Blockcyber
Above photo: Winners of Desheng Cyber Security Bootcamp, Jan 2020 with Principal Chen Qingnian(Far right) and Trainer DJ(far left).
Blockcyber has helped to conduct hands-on cyber skills bootcamp for the youths of Desheng School (International) (DSI) in Foshan, Guangzhou, from 2018 -2020. In this article by Mr Kris Ma, Principal Consultant of Mathematics and ICT from DSI, he shared the importance of exposing and enriching the youths early in digital knowledge and how DSI has proactively created programs in Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security for their students.
Computer microchips have marked the beginning of the Digital Age in human history in the last century. Digital technology has greatly impacted our daily lives and has been the driving force of social evolution. During the past 20 years, digital technology has given us not only E-commerce, social networking Apps, search engine but also Fintech, logistics, cloud computing and big data. Definitely, more and more areas will be digitalized in the near future.
According to report released in 2019, there was a shortage of 3 million cyber talents all over the world and the shortage is still increasing. In order to meet the needs of the cyber world, youth cyber training is a task which brooks no delay. In 2019, China has added Artificial Intelligence to its national strategy. Guangdong Bureau of Education has offered Artificial Intelligence course to primary and middle schools since September 2019. Obviously, the country with more cyber talents will have a stronger competitiveness in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
There is a popular saying “It is the lazy people who change the world”. Now it has a different version “It is the lazy and innovative people who change the world”. Innovation is the primary productive force which drives the development of the society. Youth Cyber training is able to empower younger generations with new and exciting ideas. It holds the key to create an open, collaborative and innovative environment. The AI team in Desheng School (International) has developed a caring system in nursing home for the elderly people based on deep learning. This system will alert the nurses when it detects possible danger. “AI has provided us with more reliable and innovative solutions to solve the real-life problems. I have learned that our younger generation should take more responsibilities to make our world a better place to live in” said Hurbert, one of the members in DSI’s AI team.
This younger generation were born in the era of knowledge economy with globalization and informatization. Only education integrating advanced digital technology training is able to help them win a better future in the rapidly changing digital world. “Through cyber training, I start to look at my community from a global perspective. It equips us with the knowledge to better fit in the future society and offers us broader career options” said Downey, one of the participants of DSI’s Cyber Security Bootcamp.
Schools must move away from exam-focus education to embrace student-centric curriculum so that students are given the space to learn skills that prepare them for the future.
— Dr Hon Chiew Weng, Director of Education, Desheng School (International), Ex-Principal, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore.
With the advent of the era of globalization, cooperation in various fields in the world has become increasingly frequent, and national security has become an inevitable and important issue in the cooperation among countries. Technology security and cyber security have played an important part of national security. Education is future-oriented. As teachers, we should always encourage students to broaden their horizons, look ahead, develop their interests with social needs, and strive to plan their future to make a contribution to society
— Principal Chen Qingnian, Desheng School (International)