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UNESCO Associated Schools and Futures of Education

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 UNESCO Associated Schools X Futures of Education

​For more than a year now, the global health crisis caused by COVID-19 has been affecting us all, in multiple ways.

This includes our education systems — how people learn, where people learn and even what people learn has changed for students almost everywhere around the globe.

From September 2020 until February 2021, UNESCO's Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) have mobilized over 2500 school leaders, teachers, students and their parents from across the globe to engage in joint reflections about education in the future: How can education promote sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship (GCED), not only today but also tomorrow? How should what, how and where we learn evolve in the future?

The insights gained through these consultations inform UNESCO's International Commission on the Futures of Education and the global flagship report that will be published in November 2021. The findings will also be a key contribution to the ASPnet's planning of future activities.

A special spotlight report on the ASPnet consultations will be published soon and provide a synthesis of perspectives from teachers, students and parents from the 25 participating countries on how education needs to be reimagined looking towards 2050 and beyond [Algeria - Angola - Azerbaijan -Bangladesh - Belarus - China - Costa Rica - Denmark - Finland -Germany - Greece - Haiti - Indonesia - Japan - Lao - Latvia - Lebanon - Madagascar - Norway - Peru - Portugal - Republic of Korea - Rwanda - Slovenia - Spain].

 What is the Futures of Education Initiative?

UNESCO's Futures of Education initiative is an ambitious attempt to rethink education and help shape the future. The initiative is catalysing a global debate on how education, learning and knowledge need to be re-imagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity.


​Three global online events were held in March and April 2021 to share the outcomes of the focus group deliberations. Moderated by two members of the International Commission on the Futures of Education, Professor Fernando Reimers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Mr Abdel Basset Ben Hassen, President of the Arab Institute for Human Rights in Tunisia, the events brought together 479 participants from 87 countries. Read more here.

"How would you describe education in 2050"
This is what participants at the online events responded to the question

Watch the recordings of the online events here:

 Key findings

Take a look at some of the key findings from the consultations:

Overall findings from focus group discussions in 25 countries.

Country specific findings: 

 The future education we want

​Video messages

See what STUDENTS have to say about what education in the future should look like

See what TEACHERS have to say about what education in the future should look like

See what STUDENTS and TEACHERS have to say about their experience of participating in a focus group discussion

 Want to engage?

​Would you like to engage teachers, students and their parents in a focus group on the futures of education?Here you can find a set of guidelines for a broader consultation framework or you can use the specific guidelines and Power Point Template developed for the ASPnet consultation here.

*Please note that the official consultation mechanism  through the ASPnet is now closed but it is our strong belief that any discussion on the future of education is in and of itself an important process to envision and co-create our shared futures.

Vote on the top challenges and purposes of education

 Get inspired

Ancient and Forever | A Cape Breton Schools Quarantune |
Feat. JP Cormier and Friends
A song and video project from the ASPnet Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni (First Nation, Nova Scotia, Canada) done during the pandemic and following the strictest of COVID measures. It is a great example of reconciliation in action between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It is sung in English, French, Gaelic and Mi’kmaq

 How it all started

On 12 May 2020, the ASPnet community came together for its first ever global online event with more than 620 participants from over 80 countries to share and explore observations, feelings and initial lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and implications for building forward the futures of education together. From this developed a collaborative initiative between the ASPnet and the Futures of Education.

Take a look here to find out more about ASPnet's first global online event.