Research and foresight
UNESCO’s role is to provide the thought-leadership and to generate knowledge to inform global public policy debate on education for the development of national policy. In a world of increasing uncertainty, complexity and contradiction we need to better understand and anticipate the changing learning landscape. We also need to re-contextualize the foundational principles of a humanistic approach to education governance in the 21st century.
UNESCO’s flagship publication Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good? (2015) revisits the purpose of education and the organization of learning in a changing global context and serves as a springboard for policy dialogue and research on education and development.
The publication is the fruit of a Senior Experts' Group established by the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova to rethink education in a world of rapid transformation. It is intended as a call for dialogue inspired by a humanistic vision of education and development. in order to reconcile the purpose and organization of education as a collective societal endeavour in a complex world, it proposes that we consider education and knowledge as global common goods,