The Patatas – An Education Solutions Consultancy

How will inflation impact education?

In early 2021, a worldwide increase in inflation began. This inflation is not expected decrease until the middle of 2023, according to Forbes. Many people have speculated what cause this inflation and the most common reason would be the worldwide pandemic caused the economy to contract. Businesses were shut down and many workers were laid off. This …

The mental health of teachers and how we can support them

Teachers are the cornerstone of schools. Not only are they educators, but they also look after the welfare of students and take on many responsibilities, such as after-school clubs. In our previous article, we talked about managing the mental health of students. However, not much is said for teachers’ mental health. Teachers face many stressors …

Mental health: Personal advice I wish I knew as a student

As a student, I know that stress is no stranger to us. Be it studies, juggling relationships between friends, family and maybe significant others… All of which are happening while we are still growing and trying to find our identity. Many changes, coupled with such stresses, can cause a lot of instability, which can be …

How to create an inclusive education? [4 minute read]

At the thought of an inclusive education, what came to my mind were schools that are specialised for students with special needs. An example being Singapore’s first autism-focused school, Pathlight School. However, the more I researched about inclusive education, I realised I had misunderstood the meaning of an inclusive education. On UNICEF’s website, an inclusive …

The Orang Asli and the educational obstacles they face [5 minute read]

Who are the Orang Asli? The Orang Asli are an indigenous group of people found in Malaysia. Known to be the oldest group of inhabitants on Malaysia’s Peninsula, they comprise people from different tribes and ethnicities such as the Iban, Bidayuh, Kenyah and many more. Over time, their numbers slowly dwindled, causing them to become …

Why the Taliban’s ban on female education may not succeed

It was the first day of school in Afghanistan. Two groups of students had turned up at their respective schools. They were bright-eyed and cheery, excited to be reunited with their friends and to get back to learning. However, one group was sent back, tearful and denied entry to school grounds by the Taliban for …

Websites for Free Singaporean Educational Resources [2 minute read]

Singapore has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, standing at 97.1% in 2020. However, a high literacy rate does not translate to equal educational opportunities or resources. Educational inequality is a topic explored in Teo Yeo Yenn’s anthology of essays that took Singapore by storm, This is what inequality looks like. In …

How does the Russia and Ukraine border crisis impact education?

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine. Russian missiles have hit several Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kyiv. This conflict has disrupted life for many Ukrainian citizens. Many are forced to flee to other countries for safety. This has also affected both Ukraine and Russia economically and socio-politically. One less discussed …

Homeschooling in Mongolia – my experience as a missionary kid and third culture kid

Homeschooling – it refers to the educating of a child at home, which is usually done by a parent. Globally, around 2.5 million children were homeschooled in 2019. It is rare to hear about someone from Singapore who’s gone through homeschooling, let alone used to live in Mongolia. My parents homeschooled me from 2009 to …

Opinion piece: How blockchain technology is going to change the education industry

Disruptive technology has become a hot topic, with the rise of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies. All these new inventions have one thing in common – blockchain technology. People predict that blockchain technology will change everything in our lives. Things may change from the way we spend money to the way we interact with others. …