On 26/03/2013, In the United National Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) web page, there is a news article about important skills that children need to learn. There is a question that different professionals in the education fields answered and the question was, “What are the three most important skills a child should learn?” Various professionals in the educational field from around the world describe the skills that are important for children to learn. Some of them that I also feel important are shared below:
UNESCO Bangkok Director, Gwang-Jo Kim, said in his recent interview: “One of the greatest challenges for education systems today is keeping pace with a changing world of work and equipping youth with the skills they will need in an increasingly knowledge-based economy”.
Sikander Sabeer, National Youth Movement for UN Post-2015 Development, Sri Lanka shared that, “Firstly, they need to learn about culture – culture is a kind of glue, it keeps us together. It’s like tea with sugar – it creates flavor and the color we need. Secondly, values and respect. Do we respect our parents and elders enough? Are the gaps here increasing? We need to keep in mind that education comes from home – our families are the first “teachers” in our lives. They are crucial to us so respect and values are important. Thirdly, history – we should know our past so we can improve our future.”Vutha Lay, NGO Education Partnership, Cambodia shared that, “They need soft skills to be good citizens, vocational skills for employment and basic education to equip them with knowledge.”
There are other professionals who share their views and ideas about the important skills that children needs. All these professionals are internationally renowned and part of the UNESCO. Their ideas about children come from various backgrounds, which I found very useful and important perspectives.