Schools of the future: defining new models of education for the fourth industrial revolution

Organisation(s): World Economic Forum

Date: 2020

Pages: 33 p.


This white paper is the outcome of a global consultative process initiated by the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society to identify promising models of high-quality education for the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is the first output of the Forum’s Education 4.0 initiative, which aims to catalyse systems change by mobilizing a broad and innovative coalition of all relevant stakeholders around new models, new standards and new actions to transform the future of education. Based on extensive community consultation, the first section of the white paper proposes a global framework for Education 4.0: eight critical shifts in learning content and experiences to redefine quality learning in the new economy. The second section of the white paper illustrates 16 schools, school systems and educational initiatives that are pioneering aspects of the eight criteria and the transition to Education 4.0 globally. The final section of the white paper calls for public-private action to connect, scale and mainstream these promising new models, standards and approaches, and ensure access to Education 4.0 for all.

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