Over the two years of the development of our new Futures of Education report, Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education, UNESCO has been catalyzing a global debate on how education, learning and knowledge need to be re-imagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty and fragility.
A million people took part in this global consultation (2019-2021) and this collective intelligence supported the work of the International Commission on the Futures of Education.
Focus Group Discussions
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 following analyses of these focus groups to 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.
Moeller, K., Agaba, S., Hook, T., Jiang, S., Otting, J., Sedighi, M. and Wyss, N. 2021. Focus group discussions analysis: September 2019 - November 2020. Paper commissioned for the UNESCO Futures of Education report. https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000375579/PDF/375579eng.pdf.multi
TakingITGlobal. 2021. Focus group discussion analysis: Perspectives from the UNESCO Associated School Network’s community of students, teachers and parents. Paper commissioned for the UNESCO Futures of Education report. https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000378054/PDF/378054eng.pdf.multi
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 benefitted 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 of these submissions:
Jacobs, R. and French, C. 2021. Women, robots and a sustainable generation: Reading artworks envisioning education in 2050 and beyond. Paper commissioned for the UNESCO Futures of Education report.
Written comments on key futures of education issues
UNESCO and the International Commission on the Futures of Education encouraged people from across the globe to submit written comments on one major, key issue for the futures of education through an online platform. 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.)
All inputs were carefully analyzed and considered during the report drafting process, including in this report:
Melchor, Y. 2021. Analysis report of the online consultation modality: Your ideas on the futures of education. Paper commissioned for the UNESCO Futures of Education report.
Global engagement and co-construction continues
Now with the release of the Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education we need the efforts of all to help forge a new social contract for education.
Please visit our get involved page to learn about ways you can respond to the report, improve it, and build together.