Centennial Schools benchmark a new era of educational change

There is no denying factor that South Africa’s educational system faces several challenges. Children nowadays have access to sophisticated tools that can be of great assistance to them, but despite the fact that technology, innovation, and youth culture have advanced to this point, they are still subject to educational practices and institutions that were designed for a previous age.

The time has come to offer pupils a comprehensive education that makes use of technology breakthroughs, promotes lateral thinking, and imparts knowledge and abilities that will be useful in the ever-changing future.

The creative hubs that act as creative learning spaces

In line with this notion, Shaun Fuchs, a seasoned educator, and businessman founded Centennial Schools in Sunninghill this year. He seeks to meet the requirements of contemporary students in this new era of educational reform as the founder and CEO of Centennial Schools. “It’s becoming more difficult to find genuinely revolutionary reform at the system level in existing schools. It is easier to build a new school than to overhaul an existing one” said Shaun Fuchs CEO and Founder of Centennial Schools.

Centennial Schools will address critical issues impeding South Africa’s current educational system, new teaching methodologies, and perhaps most importantly of all affordability, in a sharp departure from educational traditions.The IEB curriculum, which is used by the majority of private schools, will be used by Centennial Schools. It has modified the conventional school concept and will offer middle school (Grades 7–9) and a senior school (Grades 10–12).

Each teacher has been hand-selected by the schools as being the most qualified to operate in a re-engineered learning environment from an academic, emotional, and physical perspective. Prior to the commencement of the academic year, teachers received rigorous training.

Classrooms will be replaced by larger learning environments where students will utilize technology primarily as an accelerator for learning, creating, making, connecting, communicating, collaborating, and problem-solving. There won’t be any need for uniforms, but there will be a clear, comprehensive code of behavior that supports a solid, values-based framework that supports each student’s innate self-discipline while also supporting individuality. No entrance exams are given, however, each student is required to attend a personal interview with the school principal. A student café, student lounges, collaboration hubs, and a “chill” hub are just a few of the distinctive amenities available to students.

The lounge arena in the eSports arena is centered around Fifa tournaments

Through its distinctive Arena and Gaming Centre, Centennial Schools is the first group of educational institutions to provide esports. It is the biggest of its sort on the continent, measuring over 300m2. Esports can give Centennial School students the opportunity to compete in the ever-expanding professional esports leagues, much like traditional school sports give them skills they could use in the workplace.

The eSports arena is kitted out with Asus hardware.

The Esport facility which cost R3 million to outfit uses a backup generator during load shedding and a gigabyte-per-second fiber internet connection. It has 30 different gaming stations, a spectator area, 70-inch TV displays, six Xbox motor racing stations, a relaxing lounge area, and a shout-casting studio in the works. The gaming center makes use of games like Minecraft to teach students about topics like CoinED for blockchain and cryptocurrency, Adobe Suite for creativity and digital innovation, and Studio One for music composition and film scoring.

More educational institutions are incorporating eSports into their curricula in an effort to take advantage of its potential to educate students on mental toughness, leadership, sportsmanship, and communication skills. The institution partnered with Asus Republic of Gamers and specced the arena with the best gaming chairs, screens, and machines. They built sim racers with proper racing seats. Students get to play games like Formula 1 or Forza, and other titles like Fifa.

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