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BNCC – Meet the ten competencies

Pedagogical decisions should aim to develop skills


The National Curricular Common Base (BNCC in portuguese) establishes that throughout the Basic Education (kindergarten, elementary and high school) the pedagogical decisions must be oriented towards the development of competences that assure the essential learning that are the right of each student, regardless of the place where they live and study.




At BNCC, competence is defined as the mobilization of knowledge (concepts and procedures), skills (practical, cognitive and social-emotional), attitudes and values ​​to solve complex demands of everyday life, the full exercise of citizenship and the world of work.


Meet the ten general competencies listed at the BNCC:


1. Knowledge

To value and use historically constructed knowledge of the physical, social, cultural and digital world to understand and explain reality, to continue to learn and collaborate in the construction of a just, democratic and inclusive society.

2. Scientific, critical and creative thinking

To exercise intellectual curiosity and make use of the sciences’ own approach, including research, reflection, critical analysis, imagination and creativity, to investigate causes, to elaborate and test hypotheses, to formulate and solve problems and to create solutions (including technological) based on knowledge of different areas.

3. Cultural repertoire

To value and enjoy the diverse artistic and cultural manifestations, from the local to the world-wide ones, and also to participate in diverse practices of the artistic-cultural production.

4. Digital Culture

Use different languages ​​- verbal (oral or visual-motor, such as the Brazilian Sign Language, and writing), body, visual, sound and digital – as well as knowledge of artistic, mathematical and scientific languages ​​to express and share information, experiences, ideas and feelings in different contexts and produce meanings that lead to mutual understanding.

5. Communication

Understand, use and create digital information and communication technologies in a critical, meaningful, reflective and ethical way in various social practices (including school) to communicate, access and disseminate information, produce knowledge, solve problems and play a leading role in life personal and collective.

6. Work and life project

To value the diversity of cultural knowledges and experiences and to appropriate knowledge and experiences that enable them to understand the proper relations of the world of work and make choices aligned with the exercise of citizenship and its life project, with freedom, autonomy, critical awareness and responsibility.

7. Argumentation

Argue on the basis of reliable facts, data and information to formulate, negotiate and defend common ideas, views and decisions that respect and promote human rights, social-environmental awareness and responsible consumption at the local, regional and global levels, with a ethical in relation to caring for oneself, others and the planet.

8. Self-knowledge and self-care

Knowing, appreciating and caring for your physical and emotional health, understanding each other in human diversity and recognizing your emotions and those of others, with self-criticism and ability to deal with them.

9. Empathy and cooperation

To exercise empathy, dialogue, conflict resolution and cooperation, respecting and promoting respect for others and human rights, welcoming and valuing the diversity of individuals and social groups, their knowledge, identities, cultures and potentialities, without prejudice of any kind.

10. Responsibility and citizenship

To act personally and collectively with autonomy, responsibility, flexibility, resilience and determination, making decisions based on ethical, democratic, inclusive, sustainable and solidary principles.