You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) using Archive-It. This page was captured on 00:08:24 Dec 29, 2022, and is part of the UNESCO collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page.
Loading media information hide

Get involved

The Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education calls for collective action to transform education, and contribute to a rebalancing of our relationships with each other, with the planet, and with technology. It was built through a co-construction process that engaged over a million people from around the world. And now UNESCO needs you to help forge a new social contract for education.

Submit a think-piece

UNESCO is inviting researchers, educators, and practitioners to contribute 1000-2000 word think-pieces that explore, from different perspectives, the governance imperatives of a new social contract for education. Submissions will be peer-reviewed, and a selection will be published in a volume to appear in English and French, in advance of the UN’s Summit of the Future.

This volume will explore the question of how forging a new social contract for education will require governance models, approaches, and foundations that align with its key principles. Characterized by cooperation and solidarity, concerned with widespread participation and the establishment of trust, and committed to justice in all of its aspects, education will require new forms of leadership, prioritization, participation, and policy reform across its systems, processes, and objectives. All submissions must be received by 31 January 2023.

Read more details about the publication and submission information in the call for proposals.

Think Piece 4

Get organized and get others organized

We also invite you to organize your own events (in-person or online) to discuss the report and ways to build a new social contract for education. What do the report's visions and recommendations mean for you?  for education in your community? Share your reactions, ideas, and comments with your community.

There are many resources at your disposal including PowerPoint presentations and videos about the Futures of Education initiative to help you organize these discussions.

Please also download this discussion guide which is designed for a group of people to spend some time discussing the three questions mentioned above – which are the same questions that the Commission itself asked: what should continue, what should be abandoned, and what should be reinvented afresh?  But then there is a fourth key question: what will you do next? Think about who you can bring on board. Who is not part of the conversation and needs the opportunity to join?  How will you bring about the changes you have identified – how will you transform the future!

If you decide to organize an event, please be sure to let us know. We publish many stories about Futures of Education conversations and ideas as News items on this website. Also make sure to write up key conclusions and suggestions from your discussions. Publish your ideas on a blog, put them in an op-ed, and share those with us at futuresofeducation@unesco.org.

We will build a new social contract for education
through millions of individual and collective acts
acts of courage, leadership, resistance, creativity, and care

Contact information

Please feel free to contact futuresofeducation@unesco.org with any questions or requests.


UNESCO Headquarters

7 Place de Fontenoy
75007 Paris, France

Division of the Future of Learning and Innovation


Follow us