The new UNESCO report Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?”, was launched at a special ceremony at UNESCO Paris Headquarters on 4 November following a High-Level Meeting on the adoption of A Framework for Action for the new Global Goal for Education (Sustainable Development Goal 4).
The publication was produced by an international team of experts established by UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova and co-chaired by former UKNC Chair Professor W John Morgan to rethink education in a new global context of learning.
The report calls for a reimagining of education beyond basic literacy and numeracy that looks at learning to live together, in global solidarity, on a planet that is under pressure. It presents a humanist vision of education as an essential common good.
Professor W John Morgan, who is the Chairholder of the University of Nottingham’s UNESCO Chair in the Political Economy of Education said:
“The Report is intended as an opportunity to renew the influential UNESCO reports, Learning to Be: The world of education today and tomorrow (1972) and Learning: The treasure within (1996), which did so much to develop the concept and practice of lifelong learning and of mass participation in education. This new report highlights the urgent need to consider education as a global common good, in the interests of humanity’s sustainable development and welfare. It is intended also as a stimulus to dialogue about the fundamental purposes of education, rather than as a technical blue-print”.