Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?

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Rethinking the purpose of education and the organization of learning has never been more urgent. The result of the work of a Senior Experts Group established by the Director-General of UNESCO to rethink education in a changing world has now been completed.

Their publication entitled Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good? will be available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic at the World Education Forum , to be held 19-22 in May 2015.

This publication will also be part of discussions on Wednesday 22 April at the “Education and Development: Challenges and Perspectives” conference jointly organized by Norrag and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperatiopn (SDC). 

The main objective of Rethinking Education is to stimulate public policy debate on the purpose of education and the organization of learning in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty and contradiction. 

The publication is a call for dialogue. It is inspired by a humanistic vision of education and development, based on respect for life and human dignity, equal rights, social justice, cultural diversity, international solidarity and shared responsibility for a sustainable future. It proposes that we consider education and knowledge as global common goods, in order to reconcile the purpose and organization of education as a collective societal endeavour in a complex world.