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Benedict Kang
Ambassador

Benedict Kang

Australia

On a mission to make education engaging, effective, and accessible by combining the best of cognitive science, educational research, and industry expertise. M Ed candidate at University of Melbourne.

The persistent questions I find myself asking are: “Am I contributing to future generations that will help prevent them from making the same mistakes that I made when I was younger?” and “Am I supporting people, businesses, and organisations to access untapped potential?”

Having had an unusual post-school pathway, I often feel that I’m living proof that it’s possible for young people to get to where they want to be even if they encounter many setbacks or don’t quite know where to go.

This is why I’m passionate about founding, building, and growing for-purpose enterprises (like upstart education, an edtech company with a mission to democratise private tuition) and advocating for evidence-based practices and innovations to unlock every student’s potential.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

"The purpose of education is to help every child flourish, no matter what happens in life." Absolutely spot on. From experience, I know that young people can succeed even if they: (1) encounter setbacks; or (2) lack direction. This is why I'm passionate about founding, building and growing for-purpose enterprises and advocating for practices and innovations to unlock every student's potential.

How can education support students to flourish?

Outstanding learning helps redefine what's possible for a student (especially those from low-access communities), and provides the foundation for a "learn from everywhere" approach that connects concepts beyond the theory into real-life applications. These two pillars are key enablers in helping learners turn their pipe dreams into pipelines of actionable steps they can take to succeed.

What role does innovation play in education change?

The world is changing faster than our education systems, and young people often feel unprepared for what the future holds. It's not enough for organisations to try to keep up! Educators need to stay ahead of the curve - not because there's a need to predict and respond to change, but rather because our innovation helps to enable learners to shape and influence the world they live in.