There is a wealth of conversation around the world today on the future of the workplace and the skills required for young people to thrive in that future. In response to this challenges, the IDB and launched a Spotlight Project aims to identify effective models for cultivating 21st century skills, also called transversal skills, in students by looking for innovations in learning from Latin America and the Caribbean.


What is Spotlight on 21st Century Skills
in Latin America and the Caribbean?

This Spotlight project is in partnership with, a global education nonprofit and a new member of IDB’s Coalition for Transversal Skills in the 21st Century. This spotlight will select a diverse range of innovations that are promoting 21st century skills inside and outside of formal education, including but not limited to: social-emotional skills, project-based learning, self-guided learning through digital, music, sports, citizenship and entrepreneurship programs.

The main aims of this Spotlight are to:

  • Discover the leading effective and scalable innovations cultivating 21st century skills in the region.

  • Understand how schools or organizations can implement these innovations.

  • Gain insight into any required social or economic conditions for these innovations to be effectively introduced into a learning context.

  • Celebrate and broadcast these innovations to help them spread to new countries.

Innovations will undergo a rigorous evaluative research process which adheres to specific criteria around impact and scalability. The final innovations will be selected by an advisory board of 40 education stakeholders -including teachers, leaders, experts, academics, and students- who will have expertise from a range of contexts and perspectives in education.

The launch go the Spotlight took place within the framework of the United Nations World Youth Skills Day, which this year focuses on the theme "Skills for a resilient youth in the era of COVID-19 and beyond". As part of this partnership, the IDB and HundrED invite innovators to contribute to this effort and participate in this Spotlight by sharing their work.  Learn more 

Submission Call Deadline: Friday, 30th October 2020


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