21st Century Skills are important determinants of success.

These skills can impact people's personal and professional lives throughout all stages of life.

#SKILLS21

21st century skills help individuals of all ages to reinvent themselves throughout life, adapt to changing and diverse circumstances, and identify opportunities for growth amid differences.

 

What are these skills?

Entrepreneurship
Motivation
Collaboration
Ethics
Communication
Global citizenship
Problem solving
Growth mindset
Resilience
Critical Thinking
Leadership
Self-awareness
Self-regulation
Empathy
Mindfulness


 

SKILLS FOR LIFE SERIES

The Skills for Life Series introduces more detailed information about transversal skills we have prioritized. In this series, distinguished education experts and professionals share their insights and knowledge about each transversal skill.

Lifelong learning

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  • Emilee Erwin
    Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs D2L

  • Joe Pickerill
    Senior Strategy and Public Affairs Director D2L

  • Brendan Desetti
    Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations D2L

Aprender a aprender

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  • Héctor Ruiz Martín
    International Science Teaching Foundation

Digital Skills

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  • Stephanie Carretero Gomez
    Science Advisor for Policy. Former Scientific Officer and Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Stress and Brain Development In Early Childhood

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  • Emma Näslund-Hadley
    Lead Education Specialist Inter-American Development Bank

  • Michelle Koussa
    Researcher in Human Development North Texas University

  • Juan Manuel Hernández
    Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Innovations for Poverty Action

Social Skills for Inter-Ethnic Cohesion

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  • Sule Alan
    European University Institute

Digital Literacy

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  • Jinmyeon Chung
    Senior Programme
    Officer Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS)

  • Jiseon Yoo
    Lead Researcher
    Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS)

Fostering Critical Thinking

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  • Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin
    Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of Division at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (Directorate for Education and Skills). 

Fostering Creativity

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  • Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin
    Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of Division at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (Directorate for Education and Skills). 

Media Literacy and Critical Thinking

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  • Belinha De Abreu
    Global media literacy educator and International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO’s Communication & Information Section.  

Creativity

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  • Carolina Cuesta MEd, MSc.
    Fulbright Scholar and a Ph.D. student in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University. . 

  • Brad Hokanson Ph.D
    Mertie W Buckman Professor of Design Education at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota. . 

Listening

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  • Andrew Wolvin, Ph.D.
    Director, Global Listening Centre.
    Prof. Department Of Communication,
    University Of Maryland.

  • JungKyu Rhys Lim, Ph.D.
    Social Science Consultant
    Inter-American Development Bank

Skills for life: A review of life skills and their measurability, malleability, and meaningfulness

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  • Robert E. McGrath, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Senior Scientist for the VIA Institute on Character.

  • Alejandro Adler, Ph.D.
    Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing at Upper Canada College.

BLOGS

In this skill for life series of blogs, we will look at each one of the 20 skills that we consider critical to deal with a changing world full of uncertainties and those we prioritized in the 21st century Skills initiative. We will also share true embodiment voices and examples of a citizen with 21st century skills and an inspiration for our audience in Latin-American and the Caribbean. Read and learn more from our experts. Discover how you can practice these skills in your work and life, and how they are measured.

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Empathy


Mindfulness


Grit


Perseverance, grit and adaptability

Citizenship and critical thinking

Learnability