6th international conference on assessing the quality of education, Preventing Disruption in Education, as part of the Education 2030 project and the publication of the OECD report What Students Learn Matters: Towards a 21st Century Curriculum.
A.Overchuk: Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues,
Thank you for this invitation to join the global forum on the Future of Education and Skills 2030. Our Government appreciates the good work on education carried out by the OECD in helping individuals and nations to identify and develop the knowledge and skills that drive better lives and generate prosperity. It gives us pride to be a part of this important work and be able to share our knowledge policies, experience and approaches with other participating countries.
It would have given us great pleasure to give all of you our warm welcome in Moscow. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought adjustments affecting almost every aspect of our human existence.
Most notably, the pandemic is impacting and challenging our systems of education and skills transfer. In this difficult environment, the OECD is providing reliable leadership by developing guidelines, toolkits and policy implementation frameworks that are helping Russia to mitigate the impact and consequences of the COVID-19 crises.
While the pandemic is happening, we are living at a time of tremendous transformation. Human society has entered the new digital era. Societal changes are increasing with accelerating speed. In the last ten years, we have seen whole industries disappear in front of our eyes, with many skills becoming redundant. New technologies are rapidly evolving, only to be replaced in a matter of a few years by newer technologies that do not even exist yet.
Education has never been an easy task. Our changing world is making the challenge of educating, teaching and skills transfer even greater. How can we today prepare students for future jobs that might not even exist today? How can they learn about technologies that have not yet been invented? How can we support our children and grandchildren in helping them to navigate this changing environment and guide them towards choosing the right path that will lead them to prosperity in a sustainable future?
In the good spirit of the OECD, this forum has brought experts and policy makers from across the world to share their knowledge and experience with counterparts from other nations and come up with the solutions that will prepare our students and teachers for the fast changing landscapes of tomorrow. I am sure that this will provide all of you with a great thought-provoking experience and valuable insights into the future education goals, curricula, models and policy frameworks. It is expected that you will come up with solutions that will help our countries progress to a more creative and better world.