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KERIS joins the Coalition to promote transversal skills for the 21st century

Washington, D.C. – The Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS), a governmental organization under the South Korean Ministry of Education, has joined the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Coalition for 21st Century Skills, centered on ensuring inclusion, equity, and quality education in Latin American and the Caribbean.

The Coalition is a multi-sector partnership led by the IDB to promote the development and strengthening of transversal skills in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of its membership in the Coalition, KERIS will collaborate with the IDB and other partners on new ways to leverage innovation projects to advance equity and inclusion in education. The main contribution of the KERIS to the Coalition is sharing their experiences and expertise in digital literacy skills.

This partnership strengthens ties between Korea’s Ministry of Education and the IDB in programs that focus on transversals skills, specifically measuring digital literacy skills and developing policies related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and digital literacy skills. KERIS develops and advises current and future government's policies and initiatives related to education. KERIS specializes in enhancing the effective use of ICT in education and research.

One of the Coalition's concrete actions in response to COVID-19 is creating a virtual space in which its members are sharing information, ideas, and knowledge through a series of blogs about the importance of education and transversal skills in the context of the pandemic. KERIS will also contribute to this effort by sharing best practices in integrating technology into its education system since the 1990s and their COVID-19 response measures in South Korea.

The Coalition is an open partnership. The IDB invites interested public and private organizations to join the initiative and help lead global, transformative efforts to transform the lives of individuals across the region. The participation of KERIS in the Coalition increases IDB’s global cooperation with e-Learning partners around the world. 

The collective action is within the framework of the 21st Century Skills Initiative promoted by the IDB. The initiative responds to the new challenges that students face in the 21st century, shaped by an extremely dynamic environment with a changing labor market and increasingly diverse societies. Including the addition of KERIS, more than 30 public and private sector partners have joined the Coalition: Ashoka CLOO Behavioral Insights Unit D2L Education Above All Empresarios por la Educación-Colombia Forge Fundación Danilo Perez Fundación F.C. Barcelona Fundación Gratitud Fundación Scholas Ocurrentes Google GRAMMY Music Education Coalition Holberton School iNNpulsa ISTE Minerva REDUCA Skills Agility Lab SKT Telecom Think Equal TUMO Center for Creative Technologies Virtual Educa , Fundación Real Madrid, MEDUCA, Laboratoria, Fundación Trilema, Fundación Santillana, Wikimedia Foundation, Fundación Gabo, and Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

To learn more about the coalition, visit

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.


Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) is a public institution under the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea. KERIS establishes itself as an agency specialized in the innovation of digital education by implementing a diverse range of projects from kindergarten to lifelong education.

External Contacts

Andrea Ortega

Andrea Ortega

Jiseon Yoo

Jiseon Yoo
Additional Contacts

Mateo-Berganza Diaz,Maria Mercedes

Mateo-Berganza Diaz,Maria Mercedes
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