Video 29.06.2023

Video : The role of education in preparing young people for the challenges of the 21st century


The complex challenges and rapid development of information and communication technologies are having a major impact on socialisation, well-being and the working world, and require cross-disciplinary skills grouped under the term “21st century key competences”. These profound societal transformations are prompting education systems around the world to make far-reaching changes to their learning objectives and curricula. With this in mind, the Observatory recommends adopting the 21st century key competences framework, which comprises three types of competences that are interconnected and work together to achieve in-depth learning: cognitive competences, interpersonal competences and intrapersonal competences. To enable an effective overhaul of the curriculum along these lines, the Observatory recommends the development of a national curricular framework, from early childhood right through to the higher levels of secondary education and vocational training, with the key 21st century competences as its cornerstone. In this way, the key competences form the basis of traditional disciplines, 21st century disciplines and interdisciplinary themes, and are combined with the specific competences developed in the various disciplines.