The skills every child needs to succeed

There’s been a lot o f debate about the Fourth Industrial Revolution(4IR) and how it is completely changing the world. Technology has already revolutionised how we do things.

Workspaces are transforming every day to adapt to the ever-changing world. Even the education landscape has changed and is preparing scholars for the future.

While no one knows what the future brings, we can certainly prepare for it and most importantly ensure that our children are better prepared for it.

Here are some of the skills your child will need to succeed in the future

Social and Emotional Skills 

While academic skills play a very important part for a child to succeed, other skills such as empathy, resilience and being emotionally intelligent are as equally important,  according to research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at OECD Andreas Schleicher says social and emotional skills are key in helping learners to reach their full potential. 

“We know that preparing students with technical or academic skills alone will not be enough for them to achieve success, connectedness and well-being whatever endeavours they wish to pursue. Social and emotional skills, such as perseverance, empathy, mindfulness, courage or leadership are central to this,” he says in his foreword in the OECD report. 

Developing a child’s emotional and social skills is not only beneficial for them to achieve success, but it is important in developing a human being who can contribute meaningfully in society. 


No one can dispute the benefits of being adaptable. Being able to adapt to a new environment and to change is one of the most important skills that every child should have in order to achieve success. People who can adapt are more resilient to change and are able to deal with new challenges, according to a 2014 study that was published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 

Critical thinking

According to the World Economic Forum, if you want your child to succeed in the 21st century,  one of the skills they need to have is critical thinking. This is one of the most important skills that every child needs to learn. Being able to think outside the box, ensures that children are innovative, a skill that is very important in the 21st century. 

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