High-quality education is the single greatest tool for empowering people and improving their opportunities and outcomes. That is why I am pleased to launch the latest results of the OECD’s flagship Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA). This triennial international survey tests the skills and knowledge of 15‑year-old students, providing the global benchmark for the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.
Education remains a key driver of individual well-being, social progress and inclusive growth. The evidence presented in Education at a Glance 2016 is overwhelming ─ employment, earnings, health outcomes, and life satisfaction are all closely linked to educational attainment and skills.
Looking ahead to today’s discussions, we want to hear about your experiences in developing national skills strategies. What have you done to create and sustain a national dialogue on skills? How has your country leveraged investment in skills to achieve sustainable growth and social inclusion? We also need to ask ourselves why, with all that we know about the importance of developing skills, do we struggle so much to make more progress?
When you invest in skills, you invest directly in people. When you improve skills, you lift people. The OECD will continue to mobilise and strengthen its capacity, networks, and comparative data on skills so that, together, we can design, deliver and implement better skills policies for better lives.
OECD 2015 Education at a Glance, used as a reference by many people all over the world, will continue to set the standard for measuring and monitoring global progress in education. The report is about giving policymakers the tools to design, develop and deliver better education policies for better lives.
Skills drive economic growth and can boost social cohesion. With growth increasingly driven by productivity improvements, the future economic and social well-being of OECD countries will depend upon providing our young people with the right skills to succeed in the 21st century job market.
Africa has made significant progress in recent years but important challenges to African development remain that we can break down into three linked areas. Let’s call them the “three i’s”: interconnectedness, investment, and inclusiveness.
Through the Tohoku School Project, the students have developed their capacities for innovation, leadership, and co-operation. They learned how to get the information they need when there isn’t a readymade answer in their textbook or a teacher to guide them. In other words, they learned how to learn – perhaps the most valuable lesson of all! said OECD Secretary-General.
The results of this first-ever assessment are a true call for action. We need to step up our global and common efforts to better identify the financial literacy needs of 15-year-olds and explore ways to improve this essential life skill, warned OECD Secretary-General.
The capacity to engage creatively in cognitive processing to understand and resolve problem situations where a method of solution is not immediately obvious (including motivational and affective aspects).