2017 Conference | Afternoon session C: Transferable skills and lifelong learning
In a fast-changing world, (digital) transferable skills are key to ensuring future employment (at personal level) and development (at macro-economic level). These skills should be developed both through formal and informal education, starting from a young age.
The starting point of this session is SDG 4.3 (‘By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship’) and SDG 8.6 (‘By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training’). For both goals, (lifelong) education in transferable skills is a means to improving peoples’ chances of employment and, through this, to promoting general development.
As was stated in the UNESCO Position Paper on Education Post-2015, “the changing requirements in the type of knowledge, skills and competencies… and the insufficient opportunities to access higher levels of learning, including e-literacy, … are resulting in a knowledge divide with major economic and employment consequences in today’s mainly technology-driven world.”
In this session, we will discuss easy-to-use and accessible solutions to address and enhance education in transferable skills, both through ‘traditional’, more formal, education channels and through lifelong learning channels. Transferable skills education has a role to play in (1) creating more equitable work opportunities and (2) creating a growth and career path in the technology-driven world of today.
When talking about digital transferable skills in this session, we think among others of: IT savviness, problem solving, analytic and prioritisation skills, critical thinking, adaptability, creativity, verbal and written communication skills (scientific, traditional media, social media, etc.), organisational and management skills, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), just-in-time learning, mobile learning, open education and learning analytics, etc.
The central question of the session will be: how is digital in education helping to achieve better transferable skills trainings, and how should education be organised to achieve digital transferable skills?
Feliz Fernando Hettiyadura will talk about Plan International’s Youth Employment Solutions (Yes!Academy) project, implemented in 14 countries across Asia and focusing on the use ICT for technical and vocational education and training (TVET), building the employability skills of marginalised youth in the region.
Short presentations by participants:
Carlos Kiyan (Institute of Tropical Medicine) will elaborate on enhancing software users’ IT learning skills to better cope with technological change, on the basis of a long-term experience pioneered in Peru and meanwhile expanded to different countries in Latin America.
Reiner Mathar (ESD Expertnet) will present Go Global, a programme using digital communication for intercultural exchange on sustainability topics in India, Germany, Mexico and South Africa.
Martin Valcke, Ghent University