OECD on the future of education

27 October

We recently read an OECD Education and Skills report, full of great skills gap statistics! Here are the highlights:

MOST OF US USE THE INTERNET DAILY

Did you know, that in 2017, 3 out of 4 16- to 74-year olds used the internet daily or almost every day? According to the OECD report, the gap between how often younger and older adults use the internet is less pronounced today, than it was 10 years ago.

Reading and downloading news online has increased by 40%! And by 2017, 65% of people used the internet to keep up with the news. This indicates that we need to create a tech savvy population, capable of critical thinking and assessment.

AI ON THE RISE

Use of artificial intelligence increased by an average of about 11% annually between 1991 and 2015. This means that young people will need to pursue STEM subjects if they are to succeed, although it may be more difficult for girls to do so.

“Gender stereotyping is particularly evident when it
comes to science careers. Though both girls and boys may expect
to work in a science-related career, they tend to see themselves in
very different fields”

LIFELONG LEARNING

The report found that between 2006 and 2016, the average retirement age increased from 62 to about 64 years, across OECD countries. At the same time, for people within the 55 to 64 age bracket employment rates increased  53% to 59% – and 20% to 26% for those aged 60 to 69. The report even found a modest, 3% increase in workers aged 70 to 74!

According to the OECD:

“It is becoming increasingly essential for governments and employers to offer training programmes to maintain and improve workers’ skills throughout their careers. Linear career paths, and clear distinctions between working and non-working time might be things of the past – and not only for older people. Longer working lives and rapidly changing skill demands increase the need for continuous learning throughout life. Should some form of lifelong learning be compulsory? Should lifelong learning be a right?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Read here.

27 November 2019
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We recently read an OECD Education and Skills report, full of great skills gap statistics! Here are the highlights: MOST OF US USE THE INTERNET DAILY Did you know, that in 2017, 3 out of 4 16- to 74-year olds used the internet daily or almost every day? According to the OECD report, the gap […]

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