Education in the Digital Age

Healthy and Happy Children

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The COVID-19 pandemic was a forceful reminder that education plays an important role in delivering not just academic learning, but also in supporting physical and emotional well-being. Balancing traditional “book learning” with broader social and personal development means new roles for schools and education more generally.

This volume is part of a series that examines the intersections between education, well-being and digital technologies. Complementing the first volume Educating 21st Century Children: Emotional Well-Being in the Digital Age, this volume turns the spotlight on physical health and well-being. It explores the important role of play and risk-taking in learning. It examines the “pursuit of perfection” and the impact on children’s lives, whether it be physical, cognitive or academic. It highlights important efforts countries have made to tackle inequality and protect and empower students in both physical and digital environments. It ends with a look at the pending agenda, underscoring the role of partnerships, policy and protection.


Child empowerment, well-being and inequality

Child empowerment is on the policy agenda of countries around the world. Equipping children with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for their own health and well-being is important for child outcomes, and in enabling them to be agents of change and positively impact their surroundings in the future. However, social inequalities can undermine child health and empowerment, especially as countries are dealing with the economic uncertainty exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. These are thus key policy areas for OECD and partner countries to target in order to ensure equitable outcomes for all children.


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