Education futures is an international effort led by UNESCO, which aims to redefine the future of education around the world. The initiative was launched in 2020 to galvanize collective knowledge, create debate, and redefine how education has shaped our world. UNESCO’s Global Agenda 2030 project, known as Education Future, also attempts to provide a framework that governments, civil society, educators, and other agencies will be able to use to work towards achieving the goals.
Education Futures was developing to promote partnerships between governments, civil society, educators, and other non-governmental organizations. The program has identified five key areas of focus for its activities. They are:
The first of the five key pillars of Education Future is to improve the quality of teaching and learning practices and the environment they exist within. In this area, there is much work ahead for educators. The Education Future initiative seeks to build awareness about the negative consequences of under-quality teaching and learning practices on children’s development and to promote a culture of learning.
The second pillar of the Education Future Initiative is to enhance the teaching and learning processes by identifying and addressing the barriers that are hindering students from learning. This includes looking at the way teachers interact with their students, how teaching and learning techniques can be improved, how to integrate technology into teaching and learning, and how to make teaching more accessible to all students. In addition to these areas, the UNESCO Education Future seeks to explore the ways that education can lead to healthy communities.
The third area is to promote sustainable, equitable, and inclusive education for all students. This requires developing tools and strategies that enable educators to work with the wider community and the global community to promote equality, equity, and inclusion in education. For example, in order to ensure that education systems across the world are meeting the needs of their diverse communities, education educators need to have access to information and resources that are culturally relevant to their communities.
The fourth area of focus for the Education Future Initiative is to encourage a shift towards online learning. This is because online learning offers students a wider range of learning opportunities and it enables them to continue their education while still maintaining a job or earning a living. The Education Future initiative is therefore aiming to develop policies and programs that promote an informed, engaged, and active citizenry, in a way that is both economical and efficient.