21st Century Education

Education is another major cornerstone for the well-being of a society, as it forms the basis for employment, societal participation and ultimately for our democratic functioning. It is foreseeable that education will undergo major changes throughout the 21st century, for different reasons.  

Educational systems are currently educating for unknown professional environments, as the upcoming digitalisation will dramatically increase the speed of creation of new job profiles, while existing job profiles might disappear. The fast pace of technological developments therefore implies the need to better monitor the skills gap existing between need and supply and to train the population in new, highly dynamic digital skills.  

Digital tools and technologies thus become the content of new training programmes while also being used as a means of delivery for these new contents. In terms of key competencies, transversal skills, such as problem solving and communication skills, are more and more valued, as they form a skillset that is needed in order to cope with these fast-paced developments and changes.  

Lifelong Learning changes from a model that historically implied the update of existing skills to a model in which completely new skillsets have to be acquired in short periods of time in order to cope with the more fundamental changes in career paths that we will see in the future.  

These new educational challenges are added to the already existing ones of providing high-quality, inequality-avoiding initial training to a very heterogeneous and multilingual school population.  

Luxembourg will therefore invest in educational research in order to develop innovative, digitally enhanced learning environments that will be beneficial to a diverse and multilingual school population and thus contribute to equal educational opportunities.  

Luxembourg also has the ambition to be among the frontrunners in the field of adult education and develop the needed research programmes in order to be well prepared for the upcoming major trends of upskilling and reskilling the workforce.

Innovative digitally enhanced learning and assessment environments
Equality of educational opportunity

Learning in a multilingual and diverse society
Adult education up/re-skilling and lifelong learning

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