The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2020 report estimates that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced, while 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines, and algorithms. With an ever-evolving future of work ahead of them, it is critical to ensure that children receive an education that equips them with the 21 century skills needed to navigate the future, be successful and happy. At The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), success in preparing students for their future depends on how well they are supported in developing those 21st century skills today and how well schools are prepared for the future of learning.


In the first of a three-part series on future-ready learning, ISKL is inviting parents and students to join them online from 7 pm - 8 pm on November 25 for Future-Ready Pathways – an online forum to explore the future of learning and what parents and students should be thinking about now in preparation for tomorrow. ISKL’s Head of School, Rami Madani will be joined by experts in the future of learning from ISKL, as well as representatives from the International Baccalaureate Organization and leading university guidance platform, Cialfo. In addition to learning how forward-thinking schools are preparing their students for the future, attendees will also hear about global trends in university applications, and learn why flexibility and individualized learning pathways are so important. Registration details are shown below. 


Rami Madani, Head of School at ISKL, will open the session and share how ISKL sets our students up for success by building future-ready skills and ensuring they are best placed to apply to the university of their choice wherever that may be in the world – or prepared for their beyond school option. Praxia Apostle, Teaching & Learning Director at ISKL, will explain the high-quality academic pathways at ISKL that have been designed to enable every learner to choose the curriculum best suited to their abilities, interests, and aspirations. Ebony Manning, ISKL’s International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) Coordinator, will go into detail about the prestigious IB Diploma Programme offered at the school, and how this can prepare students for their next steps into university and beyond. 


From the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Faizol Musa, the Development & Recognition Manager for Southeast Asia, will present global research findings on the IB Diploma Programme, and share valuable feedback from university admissions officers. One of ISKL’s High School Counselors, Shaun McElroy, will add on to this by providing the latest updates and global trends in university admissions. Tim Munnerlyn, Senior Director of Education Partnerships at Cialfo, will close the session, highlighting the importance of international exposure and community support for the development of students’ agility and adaptability.


2020 has undoubtedly been a catalyst for change for many in the education sector with the need for an adaptable, agile, and forward-thinking approach to learning even more important than ever. With a Vision and Mission focused on nurturing future-ready students and a unique range of high-quality academic pathways, ISKL is well positioned to support its students in developing the skills they will need in their future. Learning focuses on developing future-ready skills: critical thinking and analysis, problem-solving, collaboration, and the application of research techniques, as well as offering exposure to a variety of perspectives.


In Grade 9 and 10, students are encouraged to explore their passions in further detail and apply it to their chosen program of study. There is ample opportunity to choose different courses in the multiple department areas to meet individual interests and talents. This wide range of choices enables students to explore different subjects in preparation for future programs and Grade 11 and 12 course choices. Students can elect to learn in either a conventional classroom setting where each subject is taught on a stand-alone basis or to enroll in PRAXIS 2030, an innovative interdisciplinary two-year program which reimagines the classroom experience.


Students in Grade 11 and 12 have the option of choosing to undertake the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the Pursuits Program, which gives students the opportunity to combine individual IB, Advanced Placement, and High School Diploma courses to create their own program of study and take a deep-dive into a chosen area of focus. 


With its emphasis on analytical skills, research skills, communication skills, and community engagement, the IBDP offers a broad and balanced education with the aim to develop students who want to explore knowledge across a range of disciplines. Newly introduced in 2020, The Pursuits Program emphasizes self-directed learning with opportunities for students to focus on an area of interest and includes the possibility of an off-campus internship, in-school work placements, or partnering with a university. Each of these two-year pathways provides a comprehensive, relevant, and challenging course of study that can be tailored to individual interests, strengths, and goals.


While navigating High School, students also have to consider their next steps after graduation. At ISKL, a specialist team of dedicated counselors oversee a comprehensive program that gives students ready access to university selection workshops, grade level seminars, as well as group and individual counseling sessions. Additionally, a comprehensive university outreach program includes on-campus visits by university admission representatives and ISKL’s counselors work with students to help them choose a program that will provide the personal growth and education best suited to their post-secondary goals.


Regardless of the challenges that lie ahead, ISKL’s approach to future-readiness is based on an individualized and flexible program that has been designed to support every learner. In a world where self-directedness, creative thinking, critical reasoning, and effective communication are essential for success, ISKL students will find themself well equipped for their future.  


ISKL invites you to learn more about the future of learning and how you can support your child at the Future-Ready Pathways information session, 7 pm - 8 pm on November 25, 2020. Sign up for the Zoom session here and book your space today. Registration closes November 20 2020.



About ISKL 


Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has become known as a center of excellence in the world of international education. ISKL is a co-educational, private, not-for-profit school responsible for the learning journey of 1,700 students aged 3-18 years representing more than 65 nationalities at its campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.


ISKL offers a robust international curriculum which combines leading North American educational frameworks with global best practice.  The curriculum recognizes that students are on a lifelong learning journey and is driven by ISKL’s mission to challenge each student to “Be All You Are” and develop the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding to become a highly successful, spirited, socially responsible global citizen.


ISKL is accredited internationally through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and in the United States through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). There is a strong focus on service and sustainability across its divisions and is a member of the Eco-Schools organization and the Green Schools Alliance.