About 21st Century Skills
Mission and Vision
Why They Are Needed
-- The World Is Changing
-- Global Competition
-- Different Skills Required
-- Education Must Change
Why They Are Important
-- Closing the Gap
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-- Core Subjects
-- Learning and Innovation Skills
-- Information Media and Technology Skills
-- Life and Career Skills
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Different Skills Required

New Context


Skills Required

Global competition  
  • Global awareness
  • Self-direction
Global cooperation  
  • Global awareness
  • Collaboration
  • Information and communication technology literacy
Information growth  
  • Information literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
More jobs and careers  
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Innovation and improvement
  • Flexibility and adaptability
Growing service economy  
  • Communication skills
  • Life and career awareness skills

To be competitive globally, our economy must shift to value-added knowledge-based services.Skills such as creativity, global awareness, critical thinking and complex problem-solving will be essential for success.