For more than a year, UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative has been catalysing a global debate on how education, learning and knowledge need to be re-imagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty and fragility.
The global consultation has engaged nearly a million individuals to date and has helped inform the ideas for the Report the International Commission is preparing for publication in November 2021.
Focus Group Discussions
To date, thousands individuals from more than 75 countries have come together to collectively reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet. Participants included students, youth, educators, parents, government officials, and academics as well as business leaders, civil society and nongovernmental organizations.
You can learn more about the focus group models here. We invite you to consult the analysis of the focus groups (additional analysis is ongoing), where you can learn about the ways people from different backgrounds engaged in deep thinking on how education can be transformed to meet the urgent needs of the present and prepare for anticipated and unknown futures.
Discussions from UNESCO Associated Schools
Through a collaboration with UNESCO's Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), school leaders, teachers, students and their parents engaged in joint reflections to discuss the futures of education: how can education promote sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship (GCED), not only today but also tomorrow? An estimated 2500 school leaders, teachers, students and parents from over 400 schools and all regions of the world participated in the focus group discussions. We invite you to consult the analysis of these focus group discussions to discover how school communities envision the futures of education.
Focus group discussion analysis: perspectives from the UNESCO Associated School Network’s community of students, teachers and parents
Visions of knowledge and learning in 2050
In this process of co-construction and global engagement, UNESCO and the International Commission on the Futures of Education have been benefiting from the imagination of artists from around the world who have responded to an open call to envision what knowledge, education and learning might look like in the year 2050.
Hundreds of pieces of art were submitted via an online platform, with the majority by artists aged sixteen to thirty. This artwork -- which depicts hopeful futures as well as futures to be avoided -- can be explored in the online gallery.
We invite you to consult the expert analysis which can be consulted here.
Written comments on key futures of education issues
UNESCO and the International Commission on the Futures of Education have been encouraging people from across the globe to submit written comments on one major, key issue for the futures of education through an online platform.
Submissions are stillwelcome, please share your perspectives! To see what ideas have been put forward, we invite you to visit our global hub of views on the futures of education. (Please be advised that the page can take some time to load.)
An on-going consultation process
Our online engagement platforms are still open: if you haven't contributed yet, there is still time to share your comments and ideas and to take part in the preparation of UNESCO's forthcoming global report on the futures of education.
All platforms are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish:
Top 3 Challenges and Purposes of Education – 1-minute survey
Your Vision of Education in 2050 – Submission of artwork
Your View on the Futures of Education – Written contributions