Letter from Ross
2010 has been a wonderful year for Effective Education for Employment. Our flagship report was published in both Spanish and English, we launched our new website, we have been participants and speakers in a number of international conferences and discussion groups, and the project has earned more attention and recognition than ever before.
Certainly, we are proud of the progress that has been made throughout the last year, but we are even more excited about what lies ahead.
In the coming year, we will be launching our second interview series which will offer a deeper understanding of employers’ needs and the connection between the classroom and the boardroom.
Additionally, we will continue our research on the qualities that tomorrow’s employees will be expected to possess. The world is quickly changing, and as such, today’s skill sets must be able to endure the ever-evolving workplace.
Thank you for your support and interest over the last year.
Happy New Year!
On The GroundA brief review of the UNESCO-APEID Conference
By Jim Playfoot
There is an intense debate arising regarding 21st Century skills: what is it that individuals need from education that can help them survive and thrive in the 21st century?. What do we actually mean by 'skills'? Can empathy, for instance, be considered a skill? Who should be the designers of tomorrow's curricula?
These questions, and many more, were the focus of the UNESCO-APEID conference in October 2010, which I had the privilege of attending and at which I presented the key findings of the Effective Education for Employment project.
Human Capital Redefined
No longer is human capital purely an economic concept; rather it is about jobs, family and community. As one speaker noted, many are advocating for a fundamental change in the purpose of education, shifting from human resource development to ‘human being development’, as the social outcomes of learning are increasingly important in defining the value of education and are thereby pushing education further up many political agendas.