Futures of


A global initiative to reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet.

About the initiative

UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative aims to rethink education and shape the future. The initiative is catalyzing a global debate on how knowledge, education and learning need to be reimagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity. 


Thinking together so we can act together to make the futures we want.

President, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Chair, International Commission

International commission

The Director–General of UNESCO has convened an independent International Commission to work under the leadership of the President of Ethiopia, Her Excellency President Sahle-Work Zewde, and develop a global report on the Futures of Education. The members of the commission are thought-leaders from the worlds of politics, academia, the arts, science, business, and education. The commission will carefully consider inputs received through the consultation processes. This collective intelligence will be reflected in the global report and other knowledge products connected with the initiative.

The Commission will focus on rethinking the role of education,
learning and knowledge in light of the tremendous challenges and opportunities
of predicted, possible, and preferred futures.


The International Commission has released several publications including a Progress Update (March 2021) and a June 2020 report titled Education in a Post-COVID World: Nine ideas for Public Action. Its work is supported by broad public consultation and extensive background research.

9 ideas for public action - COVER

Get involved!

Your voice counts and your perspective matters.  Become a part of this global initiative!

The Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative is about sparking conversations on how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet. Inputs from individuals, networks, and organizations will inform the work of the International Commission and shape the global debate.

So far over 1 million people have engaged with the Futures of Education initiative, click here to learn more about what perspectives and ideas people have brought.

Get Involved

We need to think together in order to act together and shape the futures we want!

The global consultation process is open!

Communication and resources

Spark the conversation with your community and networks!

Invite others to engage in the future of education initiative and share their ideas by downloading communication materials and promoting them in your networks.

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75007 Paris, France

Division of the Future of Learning and Innovation


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