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UNESCO challenges us to rethink education in a changing society

26.11.2021

In a recent report, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO has challenged everyone to think about how education can help us meet the great challenges of the future. Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education CELE will hold on Thursday 2th December from 2 to 4 p.m., an open zoom discussion to open the content of the report, after which the experts will discuss the topic with the public.

UNESCO launched 10th November its long-awaited report Reimagining our futures together: a new social contract for education, which asks us to rethink the ways in which knowledge, education and learning have the potential to address some of the most serious challenges we face in an increasingly complex, uncertain and fragile world.

The report expresses great confidence in education’s capacity to address issues of social fragmentation, strains to natural ecosystems, and threats to peaceful coexistence across cultural divides. While acknowledging that recent technological developments can enhance human welfare, the report also notes that these developments pose serious ethical concerns and challenges for governance. It invites us to reimagine a future in which a new social contract is negotiated, that puts education at the heart of our attempts to build peaceful, just, and sustainable futures for all.

How realistic is this agenda for transformation and how should we approach the work that needs to be done to realize the report’s bold aspirations? This will be asked in a zoom discussion organised by CELE.

The event will begin at 2 p.m., with Dr. Noah Sobe, a professor at Loyola University in Chicago serving as a senior project manager at UNESCO, speaking on the content of the report.

After Sobe's speech, there will be commentaries by Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor Fazal Rizvi (University of Melbourne, University of Turku), Professor Kristiina Brunila (University of Helsinki) and Academy Research Fellow Johanna Kallo (Academy of Finland, University of Turku).

The Chair of the event is Professor Piia Seppänen, Director of Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education CELE (University of Turku)

The day after the event, CELE will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a seminar. Check out this event too.

>> Join the event on Thursday 2.12. at 14

>> UNESCO's raport Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education

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Created 26.11.2021 | Updated 29.11.2021