Digitalization in Education & challenges ahead!

YouthProAktiv attended  on February 16, to the webinar “Education for a better world – the OECD Learning Framework 2030” presented by Mr. Andreas Schleicher – vision Head and coordinator of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the OECD Indicators of Education Systems programme (INES), Mr. Joao Costa – Secretary of State of Education, Portugal and Ms. Yuhyun Park – PhD candidate at DQ Instiute. The aim of the webinar was to fish out what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values will today’s students need to thrive and shape their world.

Mr. Schleicher started by presenting  the OECD learning framework 2030 which offers a vision and some underpinning principles for the future of education systems and curriculum. He launched his speech by pointing out that, the most intriguing initiative of the OECD – supported by educators, policymakers and experts around the world, was to find out how they can educate young people for their own future rather than for their past.  He highlighted how Education 2030 seeks to establish a common language and to create a shared space in which people from different kind of perspectives can analyze and form what we can teach and how we can learn. In this way he explained digitalization as a challenge on the implementation of new policies. Technology connects people, schools, countries, continents but it is also made the world more volatile, ambiguous, complex. In one hand, digitalization is incredibly democratizing – everybody can now participate in social processes but in other hand, it is also concentrating power at a rate that we have never seen before – leaving people out of the equation.

Mr. Costa provided insights on how the OECD Learning Framework 2030 has being supported by Portugal’s ongoing national curriculum change. He explained what they were doing in Portugal and how they were contributing to the OECD Learning Framework 2030 by sharing student profile, autonomy and flexibility. In Portugal,the two major challenges in education – retention and early drop out – are still very high and almost 1/3 of the students do not conclude high school in expected time. Mr. Costa mentioned that, in order to avoid these issues, they proposed a structural response. An array of measures – investment in preschool, investment in adult education, etc., were taken by National Program for Promoting School Success (PNPSE).

To finalised, Ms. Park explained the contribution of the DQ institute to the OECD Learning Framework 2030. She introduced the project “A Standard Digital Literacy Framework” in association with The OECD Learning Framework 2030. The project addresses urgent needs such as digital literacy – a new core competency in the 21st century, digital competency gap in connection with nations’ rapid digital transformation and lack of comprehensive framework, common language, standards, and metrics on digital literacy that can be adopted by nations.

As step forward to be taken, Mr. Schleicher focused on the support of national and local initiatives to redesign curriculum or new frameworks. As most important dimension, he highlighted the need to enable people to successfully develop in a world full of technological positive outcomes.