Strategic Debate: Social and emotional skills and the Education 2030 agenda

09 February 2018

For the first IIEP Strategic Debate of the year, join us for a rich discussion with OECD’s Dirk Van Damme on measuring social and emotional skills and its important place in the Education 2030 agenda. IIEP’s Hugues Moussy will moderate and Carmel Gallagher, from UNESCO’s International Bureau for Education, will be the discussant.

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
4pm – 6pm
What: IIEP Strategic Debate
Where: IIEP-UNESCO  auditorium
7-9 rue Eugene Delacroix, 75116 Paris


Not in Paris? Please join us via livestream by clicking here!

A 21st century education must look beyond the typical academic and technical skills. In a rapidly changing world and growing automation in the work place, the development of social and emotional skills is crucial. This includes understanding and managing one’s emotions, working easily with others, and the ability to demonstrate empathy, amongst others. While this is important for the well-being of an individual, these skills foster global citizens who can contribute to a sustainable and well-functioning society. However, a lack of reliable metrics has made it difficult for educators and policy-makers to advance in making this commonplace in both formal and informal learning settings. To help change this, the OECD has recently launched a new study on the social and emotional skills of school-aged children.

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Watch the webcast

We will be livestreaming this debate (4pm CET). Make sure to register here to receive a reminder and link to the web cast. This event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French (only in English via livestream).

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Meeting SDG 4’s learning objectives: looking beyond the obvious

There is widespread recognition of the global learning crisis, with millions of children and youth unable to perform basic skills in reading, writing, and math. What is less clear is what children need to learn and how we can foster all-inclusive quality education for a rapidly changing future. In pursuit of SDG 4, we must look beyond the obvious and debate new ideas and strategies that will ultimately redefine learning while ensuring accessibility for all.


#StrategicDebate: watch the livestream by clicking here

  And find the slides of the presentation here: 

Dirk Van Damme's presentation
Carmel Gallagher's presentation