Competencies are important human capabilities. They are more complex than skills, because effective human actions and interactions happen when capable people draw on all their personal resources in combination with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.
Key competencies are essential throughout life, for work and play. They are the capabilities people need to live and to learn and to make a contribution as active members of their communities.
The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:
- Relating to others
- Managing self
- Participating and contributing
- Using languages, symbols and text