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Futures of


A global initiative to reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet.

About the initiative

UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative aims to rethink education and shape the future. The initiative is catalyzing a global debate on how knowledge, education and learning need to be reimagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity. 


Thinking together so we can act together to make the futures we want.

The report

Over the course of two years and drawing on the inputs of over a million people, an independent International Commission under the leadership of the President of Ethiopia, Her Excellency President Sahle-Work Zewde prepared a global report on the Futures of Education.  

Download the full report here in English and French (Additional languages will be available early in 2022.)

Executive Summary available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish

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Get involved!

Join the movement!

Share your reactions, ideas and improvements to the report with others.  What do the report's visions and recommendations on each of these dimensions mean for you?  for education in your community? for education across the world?

Organize events, and tell the world what you think!  Publish your ideas on a blog, put them in an op-ed.  Please also send them to UNESCO so we can link to your work  but it's important to also think about who else in you should engage with.  Get organized and get others organized so that education in 2050 helps us shape peaceful, just and sustainable futures for humanity and the planet.



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We need to think together in order to act together and shape the futures we want!

The Sahle-Work Commission report was built through a co-construction process that engaged over a million people. And now we need you to help forge a new social contract for education!

Communication and resources

Spark the conversation with your community and networks!

Invite others to engage in the future of education initiative and share their ideas by downloading communication materials and promoting them in your networks.

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UNESCO Headquarters

7 Place de Fontenoy
75007 Paris, France

Division of the Future of Learning and Innovation


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