India is in an enviable position on the world map. A large percent-age of our population is between the ages of 15 and 25 years. If this group is groomed and nurtured well, it can be a catalyst for huge economic prosperity for our country.

The biggest driver of tapping the talent of these youngsters is education. New opportunities have emerged for making the education system and learning more technologically savvy. We have a great opportunity to build a completely new understanding of learning for our next group of learners. There has already been an impetus being given to the adoption of technology, with global EdTech investments reaching US$18.66 billion in 2019 and the overall market for online education projected to grow to $350 billion by 2025.

Hybrid learning has gained exponential momentum and is finding favour with teachers and those being taught. Virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools or online learning software, teaching apps, blended learning or hybrid models have gained popularity over the past decade.

Moving forward, students will learn in a variety of delivery modes -
a. face to face in a blended format
b. fully online to facilitate the development of flexible skills.
In the event of a crisis, learning can continue from home with short and intense sessions at school when they come back.

To ensure learning continuity, education needs to be delivered both online and offline, i.e. on a real-time basis or in a pre-recorded mode. A balance has to be struck between synchronous and asynchronous engagement and peer engagement by creating a model of design thinking.

Hybrid learning The nature of education and learning will become hybrid by de-fault. Trends that were in their nascent stage earlier, flipped class-rooms will take on a more important role. Technological practices will be used to build a sense of community. This will ensure engagement.

Hybrid learning in the coming decade will see improved flexibility, greater learning options, mentoring, which goes beyond boundaries, accessibility to systems across the world, and enhanced peer learning. Greater usage of e-proctoring tools will help to assess and ensure feedback in a fair environment; create newer approaches to make learning impactful, relevant and engaging.

Challenges of hybrid learning model On the one hand, maintaining learning continuity is critical for school-going students through hybrid learning. On the other hand, there seems to be a sense of urgency to bring them to the walls of the school premises.
Learning consistency, routine and developmental learning windows are very important factors for school-going children, i.e. below the age of 15 years. The whole child approach to teaching supports and nurtures all areas of child development i.e. skills, abilities, values, competencies through a face-to-face mode. It is here that they learn about social, emotional and cognitive skills to literacy and building a scientific temper which helps in the transition of children as they move up in school..
The world has changed drastically. Along with it, all aspects of hu-man development to which education is the most central. Class-room transformation is where teacher will continue to be relevant. Today more than ever, the dilution of boundaries has created both interdependence and insecurity. All learning systems have to give out a request for action for partnerships and alliances to move from a self-centered existence to co-existence, from collision to reciprocation, from alienation to association. To achieve meaningful edu-cation, we must enable our children to live together in mutual empowerment..