In an age when artificial intelligence is threatening human IQ, creativity and innovative thinking can help humans carve an edge. Promoting innovative thinking and leadership skills from early childhood onwards is important to address the creativity crisis.
Schools need to promote creativity and leadership skills in their curriculum. Innovation competitions and projects should be encouraged in schools to ensure students get the right exposure and are pushed to the extreme of their thinking capabilities. For instance, at our school, students participate in a competition called APPSCON (a competition to develop an innovative mobile application). We have observed that this platform has given them the opportunity to hone their programming and presentation skills.
Age-appropriate activities such as entrepreneurship boot camps can be organised to ignite the creative spark and help students do everything from ideation to execution and round it up with pitching the idea to real investors who may end up investing in some of these ideas. Such boot camps can start at middle school to high school levels.
Studies have proven that exposure to entrepreneurship in early life can have a positive impact on self-confidence, resilience and an aptitude towards solving problems.
Narendra Modi government’s focus on promoting entrepreneurship and the changing business environment in general also highlights the need for early exposure of students to entrepreneurial skills. Towards that, the government can also consider introducing business development and entrepreneurship studies in school syllabus.
The author is co-founder & executive chairman, Global Indian International School (Singapore)