Question box #10
To build this desired future, what we must all learn... in life is:
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As with previous answers, participants’ responses to this question are reminiscent of those to the previous question, by and large returning to the topic of personal values and virtues. However, this result is less surprising in that values and virtues are traditionally learned within the family or the community.
The other topics raised, although often far behind individual values and virtues in terms of priority, are very diverse, outlining a certain complementarity between what should be taught in school and in life.
Almost half of young people from a wide range of backgrounds (45%) believe that the priority for our learning in life should be on personal values and virtues, and in particular, respect, empathy, and love.
These are followed by interpersonal and teamwork skills, mentioned by over 10% of participants. The three most valued skills in this area are all linked to interpersonal relationships: communication, the ability to live with others, and social skills. In third position is self-fulfillment, which includes a range of personal ideals. Young people express an insatiable desire to learn to excel in life, identifying personal development goals, determination to achieve these goals and persevere, and the desire for independence as key aspects.
Environmental protection and social causes are the fourth most common topic, mentioned by 6% of participants. These young people believe that above all, they should learn to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and to protect the environment. Regarding social causes, they emphasize the need for equality, humanity, and peace.
Six percent of participants also raise the importance of learning from life and having purpose. They believe that everyone should partake in life experiences, which provide means of learning how to act and behave in life.
Finally, practical life skills are placed just sixth. Participants mention specific practical skills, such as financial literacy, life skills, and cooking skills.
Participants’ contributions to this question mainly highlight relationships with others, with a particular emphasis on personal values and virtues and interpersonal and teamwork skills. Young people aspire to principles that encourage harmony with others, such as solidarity, kindness, and tolerance. They are also keen to improve the quality of their interactions with others by perfecting their psychosocial skills, such as emotional intelligence, active listening, and social skills.
Overview of the main themes
You will find below a graph in which you can navigate to learn more about the themes brought by the participants. Each theme (also called “cluster”) relates to an idea expressed by participants. There are two types of clusters: macro-clusters, which relate to more general categories, and sub-clusters, which break down the ideas into finer detail and are attached to macro-clusters. The percentages displayed correspond to the number of participants who have written about this theme among all participants who answered the question. For readability, only clusters cited by more than 1% of participants are displayed.
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Differences between world regions
Similarities in priorities for learning from life across regions
The concept of personal values and virtues is the top priority for participants, regardless of the region they come from. Environmental protection and social causes are in high demand among participants from Europe, Central Asia, and North America. It is also noteworthy that Asian participants (from South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific) set particular store by practical life skills.
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