Forum 2016 Issues: The future of education


© Shutterstock / Syda ProductionsAccess to education facilitates access to opportunity, and addresses skill shortages and mismatches in the labour market. The new world of work requires more in terms of resilience, flexibility and continued learning throughout life. As a result, traditional education is also at a crossroads. Simply earning a degree no longer guarantees a job, while the rise of online education, peer‐to‐peer and experiential learning has paved a popular alternative route.

It is now essential to ensure that schools prepare students for a world in which they will constantly be adjusting to new technologies, new business models, and new ways of working. People, including young people, need to be equipped with the type of skills that will allow on average 25 job changes throughout their lives.

OECD evidence shows that 65% of kids today will do jobs that have not yet been invented. Being a lifelong learner is the most important attribute for success, and will grow in importance in our dynamic and competitive world. Knowing one’s own learning style and developing the self-discipline and determination to grasp new skills throughout a lifetime will be critical.


Some of the key skills are learned through play at a very early age, and lifelong learning really means starting early, as this not only supports a higher quality of life and can break the cycle of poverty that many children and their families are trapped in, but also makes sense in terms of most effective use of public resources. The Forum will place an emphasis on the importance of early childhood care as investing in children unleashes greater long-term social and economic benefits, and contributes to creating more equal societies.

Education systems have to increasingly focus on teaching values such as

  • tolerance
  • respect
  • fairness
  • personal, social and environmental responsibility
  • integrity
  • self-awareness

How can these skills best be taught and tested? People with these types of skills will be more independent, able to work anytime from anywhere, spread innovation throughout the society and will require a different type of management, recruitment, mentoring and leadership, possibly leading to big changes in the way companies are managed. 


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