The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is looking to introduce a new Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test that will determine 15 year old children’s knowledge of global and cultural issues.

The new school assessment criteria would come into effect in 2018, giving schools within the OECD membership countries (around 80 including the UK) time to prepare their students accordingly.

The current criteria revolves around the core subjects maths, reading and science and will augment to include ‘Global Competence’ according to the G7 Education Ministers at a meeting in Kurashiki, Japan.

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa claims that:

“In many countries, social cohesion, the bedrock for collaboration, is growing weaker. The challenge now is to embed global competence in schools around the world so that young people are better equipped for today’s fast-changing, globalised world,”

The OECD believe that education needs to be focused more on globalisation because it will affect young people needing to cooperate and sometimes integrate with other cultures. A sound knowledge of one’s own culture and others’ is key to success in this area, so too are lessons in flexibility and acceptance as pupils must understand that one’s beliefs are ‘inevitably partial’.

Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD, Directorate for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General believes that as the world is communicating and working together in business, it is imperative that ‘the benefits of growth are fairly shared across society’. At the moment ‘we are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities’ that are closely linked due to the fact that:

“For some, cross-border migration means the ability to commute between continents; for others, it means escaping from poverty and war.”

The OECD would like children to learn how to coexist as the very nature of global socioeconomic equality is threatened on a daily basis.