UNESCO’s Futures of Education

The new UNESCO initiative ‘Futures of Education’ is 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 catalysing a global debate on how knowledge, education and learning need to be reimagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity.

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Your voice counts and your perspective matters. Become a part of this global initiative!

The Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative is about sparking conversations on how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet. Inputs from individuals, networks, and organisations will inform the work of the International Commission and shape the global debate.

The global consultation process will be open soon!

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Communications and resources

Spark the conversation with your community and networks!

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

The English brochure is available here.

The context

With accelerated climate change the fragility of our planet is becoming more and more apparent. Persistent inequalities, social fragmentation, and political extremism are bringing many societies to a point of crisis. Advances in digital communication, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology have great potential but also raise serious ethical and governance concerns, especially as promises of innovation and technological change have an uneven record of contributing to human flourishing.

The vision

Knowledge and learning are humanity’s greatest renewable resources for responding to challenges and inventing alternatives. Yet, education does more than respond to a changing world. Education transforms the world.

Looking to 2050 and beyond, the Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative seeks to reimagine how education and knowledge can contribute to the global common good.

The aim

This initiative will mobilise the many rich ways of being and knowing in order to leverage humanity’s collective intelligence. It relies on a broad, open consultative process that involves youth, educators, civil society, governments, business and other stakeholders. The work will be guided by a high-level International Commission of thought-leaders from diverse fields and different regions of the world. In November 2021 the commission will publish a report designed to share a forward looking vision of what education and learning might yet become and offer a policy agenda. The Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative will catalyse a global debate on how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet.



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