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Commission publications and documents

Progress update (March 2021)

The International Commission on the Futures of Education has released a Progress Update on its work. It includes background information on the initiative and its ambitions, an introduction to the its co-construction and consultation features, and a provisional outline of the Report and the main lines of argument.

In line with the spirit of a broad consultation and co-construction process,
UNESCO welcomes comments and suggestions (deadline 30 April 2021).PUD EN


  • This Progress Update (March 2021) is available in English and French

  • It will also be available in Arabic and Spanish soon


New publication (June 2020)

9 ideas publicationThe Covid-19 crisis has revealed inequalities and vulnerabilities, but it has also surfaced extraordinary human resourcefulness and potential. In its new report Education in a post-COVID world: Nine ideas for public action, the International Commission on the Futures of Education proposes policy actions that can be taken today to advance education tomorrow.


Press coverage



The current crisis is reminding us how crucial public education is
in societies, communities, and in individual lives.

Joint statement on the COVID-19 crisis (April 2020)

At the beginning of April the International Commission held a special meeting to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and prepared the following:



Empathy and solidarity are needed as we collectively rethink
how our societies—how our world—should be organized

Outcome document of first meeting of International Commission (February 2020)

The International Commission on the Futures of Education held its first meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 28-29 January 2020.  Please refer here for the Agenda, Reference document, and Minutes

Launch of the Futures of Education initiative (September 2019)

UNESCO’s Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative was launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2019. The establishment of an International Commission to be chaired by Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde was announced at the event.

As we face the profound challenges and exciting opportunities before us
we have a deep obligation to listen to children and youth
and fully involve them in decisions about the future of our shared planet


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