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Education Policy Outlook 2021

Shaping Responsive and Resilient Education in a Changing World

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Education systems operate in a world that is constantly evolving towards new equilibria, yet short-term crises may disrupt, accelerate or divert longer-term evolutions. This Framework for Responsiveness and Resilience in Education Policy aims to support policy makers to balance the urgent challenge of building eco-systems that adapt in the face of disruption and change (resilience), and the important challenge of navigating the ongoing evolution from industrial to post-industrial societies and economies (responsiveness). Building on international evidence and analysis from over 40 education systems, this framework endeavours to establish tangible, transferable and actionable definitions of resilience. These definitions, which are the goals of the framework (Why?), are underpinned by policy components of responsiveness (What?), which define priority areas for education policy makers. Policy pointers for resilience (How?) then illustrate how policy makers can apply these components in ways that promote resilience at the learner, broader learning environment and system levels of the policy ecosystem. Finally, a transversal component looks into the people and the processes undertaken in order to reach a given purpose (Who?). The report has been prepared with evidence from the Education Policy Outlook series – the OECD’s analytical observatory of education policy.

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Germany

Since 2013, Germany’s Culture is Strength - Education Alliances initiative has provided extra-curricular and cultural activities for 3-18 year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. Children and young people take part in activities such as theatre, music, art, and digital media and everyday culture. Through these activities, run by local education alliances, the programme aims to promote key competencies such as creativity, self-confidence and social skills, as well as participation in society. These alliances bring together local actors from the cultural, education, and youth sectors who offer different types of expertise and have good access to the target population group. Over 80% of those surveyed felt that their alliance had strengthened networking between different actors and that this alliance was well-integrated into community structures. Around 1 in 4 had not previously worked with the other partners, suggesting the alliances have led to new collaborations (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, 2019[6]).

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