The Patatas – An Education Solutions Consultancy

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 …

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. …

Malala Yousafzai – Inspirational leaders in education [3 min read]

In October 2012, while 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was on her usual route to school. Suddenly, the Taliban stopped the bus she was on and shot her. Her reason for persecution – fighting for the educational rights of women in Pakistan. Today, Malala Yousafzai stands as an inspirational leader in education. “Some people only ask others …

Sal Khan — Inspirational leaders in education [5 min read]

Upon hearing the name Sal Khan, you may recognise this name. It belongs to the founder of one of the world’s top educational websites, Khan Academy. On technology in education, people often talk about Khan Academy. Maybe you may have even used it for your own studies. It is an American non-profit educational organisation founded …

How Covid has affected education for rural communities [5 min read]

In March 2019, a virus broke out in Wuhan, China. This virus quickly spread worldwide, affecting millions of people and bringing many challenges. This widespread disease has disrupted the way we live. One of the largest disruptions is to education. About 40 percent of the poorest countries (which are often rural) did not support students …