Prof. Wassilios Fthenakis

Honorary President, Didacta Association

Prof. Wassilios Fthenakis studied at the University of Munich Anthropology, Molecular Genetics and Psychology. After developing the Department of Social Anthropology for four years, he became director of the newly founded Institute for Early Childhood and Family Research, which he headed for 33 years. His research activities focused on the development and education of young children and he is the founder of family research in Germany.

He taught as a professor to ten different universities. He initiated the new educational Curricula and, with innovative ideas, strengthened the education system in Germany and other countries. He has participated in more than 100 books, and he is considered to be one of the most prestigious representatives of his field. He has contributed to the shaping of education and family policy at the federal and state level in the Federal Republic of Germany, which have had a major impact on the education and family policy. Between 2006 and 2019 Prof. Fthenakis was the President of the Didacta Association and since Mai 2019 its Honorary President.



Wellbeing Space

14 November 2021 | 12:50 - 13:20 | English | Education for the 21th Century: The Debate About Future Competencies

Education systems are currently facing the challenge of preparing children for a rapidly changing and unpredictable world. In addition, they have to integrate new technologies into the existing education system. Reformed education systems therefore no longer focus on the mere transmission of knowledge, but on strengthening child development and, above all, child competencies. Currently, there is a debate about which competencies will be needed in the future. In this presentation, approaches to conceptualize and implement such future competencies in the education systems of different countries will be presented and discussed.