Parents are known to be the first teachers to their child. The emotional support provided by them can help children cultivate wellbeing which leads to better academic performance and more opportunities in the future.
Children sustain wellbeing from their parents, friends and neighbours. However nowadays, their real world is being replaced by the virtual one. This has created a gap in the emotional bond of children with their immediate world. They tend to not seek guidance from their parents or neighbours anymore. Also, the ever busy time schedule of parents has contributed to widening the gap.
Who will then bridge the gap and make sure that the wellbeing of students is taken care of?
It is incumbent on the educational institutions to manage students’ emotional health. The COVID pandemic has forced institutions to rethink and structure curriculum keeping the wellbeing of students in focus. Governments across the world are recognizing the need for wellbeing in education and are addressing it on priority.
But is that all? What does the future hold for the wellbeing of students? Many reports suggest that the future of wellbeing education is technology driven and skills imparted at an early age.
Introduction to AI in wellbeing education
Gone are the days where we needed to solve complex problems using our expertise. Artificial intelligence is taking care of it. We all now play the role of managers to our complex tech machines. With the advancement of AI, we will witness it playing a big role in our wellbeing too.
AI can learn, grasp and teach more effectively than any other human being. Students will be able to measure their wellbeing and gauge their emotions through a simple app that will understand and deliver solutions to wellness issues. There are already numerous apps that help institutions understand their students’ wellness quotient through qualitative data.
This will definitely help students to be more involved in their wellbeing practices and keeping it as a priority. In the future, schools will prioritise soft skills learning as other skills are going to be automated. AI will help deliver wellness solutions even to the remotest of places, where physical schools haven’t reached yet.
Wellbeing education at an early age
Students learn a lot in their early years. As of now, wellbeing education starts in middle or high schools. However, institutions have seen heightened levels of stress, anxiety even in students who belong to lower grades. This has given them an opportunity to prepone wellbeing syllabus so that students can learn to navigate challenges at an early age.
When wellbeing is adopted at an early age, students will be able to prioritise wellbeing subconsciously. They will also value wellbeing more and pay attention towards it. It will help us in collectively upbringing wellness in our society,
This is what the future holds for wellbeing education. It is a road less travelled but is worth travelling in the times to come.