EFF18: Preparing students to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution

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Together with the OECD, the Education World Forum, Imagine Education and Polycom Education Fast Forward hosted the 18th global EFF debate.

EFF18, chaired by Gavin Dykes, took place in front of a live audience at the Education World Forum. The forum attracts delegates from over 100 countries and 80 Ministers of Education.

The panel discussed the recent PISA results from the point of view of the fourth industrial revolution. Panellists included Andreas Schleicher from the OECD and Karen Cator of Digital Promise. Summing up the debate was Dr Mmantsetsa Marope. Mmantsetsa’s currently the Director of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE). They were joined, by experts and groups of teachers using video conference and Skype chat, from countries around the world including Australia, South Korea, South Africa and Singapore.

The “fourth industrial revolution” points to the remarkable advances in information technologies, artificial biological sciences, reproductive technologies, neuroscience and synthetic biology.  In the first industrial revolution, new skills were required to operate machinery.  In the second industrial revolution jobs became more specialized and repetitive, while skills in managing work gained in value.  In the digital revolution, repetitive cognitive jobs became increasingly redundant and non-routine cognitive, interactive roles increased in value.

EFF18 took place in front of a global audience of Ministers and Ministries of Education at the Education World Forum in London on January 23rd.  The panel were joined by experts in Polycom video conference facilities from Singapore and India to Brazil and the USA.  Groups of teachers also took part from The UK, USANorway, Zimbabwe, Latvia, Egypt, Poland, France and South Korea.

Preparing students for the 4th Industrial Revolution