UNESCO’s International Commission on the Futures of Education held its first meeting on 28 and 29 January 2020 in Paris to take stock of the global situation in education today and what can be predicted for 2050 and beyond. The Commission also took on the harder task of imagining possible futures and beginning to explore what might need to be rethought and reinvented in the education landscape.
Headed by President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia and composed of thought-leaders from education, science, business, politics, academia and the arts, the Commission also affirmed the crucial need for people from around the globe to engage in this conversation.
“UNESCO is unique in the world for its ability to bring together people from across the planet to work together to tackle problems,” said the President in her opening remarks.
The Futures of Education is the latest in a series of global reports commissioned by UNESCO every quarter a century to grapple with the challenges and opportunities that the future holds in store and to inspire change.
The Commission meets next in September 2020 and in the meantime will be engaging with people and ideas from around the world.
“We will listen to the voices of the whole world, to redefine what education must be in the 21st century,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
Help shape the future by joining the conversation. Please add your views on what should be the purposes of education through this 2-minute survey. You can express your ideas in writing on what key issues need to be kept in mind as we think about the future of learning. There is also the option to submit your drawing, photographs and paintings on what education, learning and knowledge might look like in the year 2050.