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Life Skills - for success in     the 21st century                      An overviewW ha t life skills w ill m ake us re al ...
21st Century Skills    Let’s look at some mega-trends that may be useful     in figuring out what skills will lead to succ...
21st Century Skills    Communication will be multi-sensory and children will     need to learn how to use images, colours ...
21st Century SkillsLet’s look at what experts have to say aboutskills that are important for success in the 21stcentury
UNESCO Report    According to UNESCO’s Report “Learning: The     Treasure Within” the four pillars of education in     the...
Route 21    According to, Partnership for 21st Century Skills:     Route 21 (USA) http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/route21...
Route 21    Digital Literacy Skills         Information Literacy         Media Literacy         ICT Literacy              ...
Route 21    Career and Life Skills         Flexibility & Adaptability         Initiative & Self-Direction         Social &...
UNICEF    According to UNICEF            http://www.unicef.org/lifeskills/index_whichskills.html         Communication & I...
UNICEF    Decision Making & Critical Thinking skills         Information gathering skills         Evaluating future conseq...
UNICEF    Coping & Self-Management skills         Skills for increasing internal locus of control like self-          este...
A timeless lifeskill    ‘Yearning to learn’ is one lifeskill that is timeless         We usually ‘learn’ so that we can ‘e...
Yearning to Learn    What is yearning to learn?         The joy of learning         Enjoying learning for its own sake    ...
‘Yearn’ and ‘Earn’    Is it possible that yearning to learn also leads to     earnings?         Imagine three circles – wh...
Fostering Yearning to                     Learn    Can ‘yearning to learn’ be fostered through learning     interventions?...
Yearn > Earn > Urn    To sum-up, think of 21st century life skills as,         Yearning to learn - a timeless lifeskill   ...
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What are key lifeskills (EP)

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What are key lifeskills (EP)

  1. 1. Life Skills - for success in the 21st century An overviewW ha t life skills w ill m ake us re al ly sh in ein th e 21st ce nt ur y? www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  2. 2. 21st Century Skills  Let’s look at some mega-trends that may be useful in figuring out what skills will lead to success:   Problems will be complex - difficult and with no unique solution, you will surely need decision making and innovative problem solving skills   Computers will store knowledge and do analysis – work that can be automated, will be automated www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  3. 3. 21st Century Skills  Communication will be multi-sensory and children will need to learn how to use images, colours and sound effectively  Children will longer and will need to be financially literate to generate passive income streams, even after retirement from active job  Knowledge will further explode and more and more learning content will be freely available – AcademicEarth, MIT OCW, iTunes University, TED… they will need to be a good self-learners www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  4. 4. 21st Century SkillsLet’s look at what experts have to say aboutskills that are important for success in the 21stcentury
  5. 5. UNESCO Report  According to UNESCO’s Report “Learning: The Treasure Within” the four pillars of education in the 21st century are:   Learning to know   Learning to do   Learning to live together   Learning to be www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  6. 6. Route 21  According to, Partnership for 21st Century Skills: Route 21 (USA) http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/route21   Learning & Innovation Skills   Creativity & Innovation   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Communication & Collaboration www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  7. 7. Route 21  Digital Literacy Skills   Information Literacy   Media Literacy   ICT Literacy www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  8. 8. Route 21  Career and Life Skills   Flexibility & Adaptability   Initiative & Self-Direction   Social & Cross-Cultural   Productivity & Accountability   Leadership & Responsibility www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  9. 9. UNICEF  According to UNICEF http://www.unicef.org/lifeskills/index_whichskills.html   Communication & Interpersonal skills   Interpersonal communication skills like verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, expressing feelings, giving feedback (without blaming) and receiving feedback   Negotiation or refusal skills   Empathy   Cooperation and Teamwork   Advocacy skills www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  10. 10. UNICEF  Decision Making & Critical Thinking skills   Information gathering skills   Evaluating future consequences of present actions for self and others   Determining alternative solutions to problems   Analysis skills www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  11. 11. UNICEF  Coping & Self-Management skills   Skills for increasing internal locus of control like self- esteem, self-confidence and self-awareness skills   Goal-setting skills   Self-assessment and self-monitoring skills   Skills for managing feelings   Skills for managing stress like time management, positive thinking and relaxation techniques www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  12. 12. A timeless lifeskill  ‘Yearning to learn’ is one lifeskill that is timeless   We usually ‘learn’ so that we can ‘earn’   But if we ask the question ‘y’   We ‘y-earn’ to learn! www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  13. 13. Yearning to Learn  What is yearning to learn?   The joy of learning   Enjoying learning for its own sake   When intrinsic motivation and not external rewards drive learning   Is it possible? Well, have you ever seen a bored pre-schooler! www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  14. 14. ‘Yearn’ and ‘Earn’  Is it possible that yearning to learn also leads to earnings?   Imagine three circles – what one is passionate about, what one is good at and what is financially rewarding   Find areas where the circles overlap and one can yearn, learn and earn   Also, for a fulfilled life focus on goals that go beyond your self-interest www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  15. 15. Fostering Yearning to Learn  Can ‘yearning to learn’ be fostered through learning interventions? Yes, through:   Contextualizing: connecting learning to real life   Pushing curiosity - Socratic dialogue, project and problem based learning   Teacher enthusiasm - the KIPP experience   Enriched environment, parents are co-explorers   Addressing inner conflicts like fear of failure or ridicule www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk
  16. 16. Yearn > Earn > Urn  To sum-up, think of 21st century life skills as,   Yearning to learn - a timeless lifeskill   Then, learning to learn, think, do and live together   Learning to earn (deferred rewards)   Learning to be   And finally, learn to urn! www.T imelessLifeskills.co.uk

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