Thursday, October 21

Problem-solving skills needed to face challenges


MIRI: It is important for the younger generation to be equipped with generic skills to face future challenges.

Welfare, Women and Family Development  Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said this at a ‘Know Our Children Seminar’  here yesterday.

“It has to be more that just teaching them to fish or giving them a fish to eat to prepare them in facing challenges, and to survive global challenges and changes.”

Fatimah believed as the highest level of education, generic skills would equip them with the ability to communicate and solve problems.

“It will enable them to be more flexible and adapt and blend into changes not only locally but globally,” she said. To prepare the younger generation to face future changes and challenges, Fatimah said it is vital to strengthen the family institution.

“Our system of education is not perfect. As such, it is important for parents to compliment the role of teachers in imparting the necessary skills particularly generic skills,” she said.

Advancement in the latest technology particularly information communication technology (ICT) provide both opportunity and challenges, she added.

“They bring new learning horizon and new cultural practices challenging and changing our traditional way in upbringing,” said Fatimah.

Also present were Communication Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Haniff Hassan from Pengasih.