Emerging Europe Talks—Reinvention and technology adoption with Rafael E. de Hoyos

Technology increases productivity. But it also brings about other consequences: it creates, removes and modifies the tasks that are supposed to be performed. This in turn affects the demand for workers with new skills.  

This is why equipping all young people with the skills to adapt and reinvent themselves is one of the three policy recommendations, alongside promoting technology adoption and adapting technology to meet society’s needs, included in the recent report The Future of Work: Implications for Equity and Growth in Europe, released by the World Bank. 

“I’m talking about numeracy, literacy, problem solving, and in particular social skills; the ability to work in teams, the ability to project a future and be consistent…the ability to listen to others. These types of skills, these foundational skills are the perfect complement of new technologies,” Rafael E. de Hoyos, programme leader in human development for EU member states at the World Bank and one of the report’s authors, tells Andrew Wrobel. 

“These are precisely the things that we should provide to our students because this is what will allow them to re-invent themselves,” he adds. “[These skills] will allow them to benefit from technology, not compete with it.” 

They also talk about the future of education and about how to prepare educational systems in Europe and the emerging Europe region for future challenges.

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