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How might education be reimagined around the future survival of the planet?

Tuesday, 15 September 2020


A new UNESCO Futures of Education background paper by the Common Worlds Research Collective has produced seven visionary declarations on what education could look like in 2050 and beyond in response to the existential threats that our planet faces.

These declarations are based on three premises:

  1. Human and planetary sustainability are one in the same thing.
  2. Any attempts to achieve futures that continue to separate humans off from the rest of the world are delusional and futile.
  3. Education needs to play a pivotal role in radically reconfiguring our place and agency within this interdependent world.

As part of the Futures of Education initiative, UNESCO commissioned:

  • Professor Mindy Blaise from Edith Cowan University (Western Australia);
  • Associate Professor Affrica Taylor (University of Canberra, Australia);
  • Professor Iveta Silova (Arizona State University, USA); and
  • Professor Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, (Western University).

To learn more about these premises and these speculative visions, check out this UNESCO’s background paper Learning to become with the world: Education for future survival.


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