At many moments people in different parts of the world have turned to visual expression to present their hopes, fears and ideas about the future. Here is a small sample of creative visions of the future of education and learning.
This 1992 artwork, titled Storyteller, by African-American artist Kathleen Atkins Wilson, portrays the enduring significance of storytelling in many cultures. Like other forms of education, storytelling links generations and allows for learning that connects past, present and future.‘’The Storyteller’’ ©1992 Kathleen A. Wilson, www.kathleenawilson.com
This image, titled “At School,” was created by French artist Jean-Marc Côté around the year 1900 as a vision of education in the year 2000. Like other prints from the time designed to be sold as postcards at World’s Fairs, these futuristic visions are sometimes prophetic and at other times not at all!
[image source] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:France_in_XXI_Century._School.jpg
This image, titled “The Rise of the Computerized School” was produced by Japanese futurist illustrator Shigeru Komatsuzaki in 1969. The questions raised here about how machines will interact with humans in learning environments may or may not be relevant today.
Soviet computer scientist Alexie Ershov used this image in his presentation at the 1981 Third World Conference on Computers in Education in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ershov proposed that the learning of programming languages should be considered a second literacy that nonetheless needed to be tied to the individual empowerment of the traditional book. [image source] Used with permission of the A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems (IIS)
UNESCO is inviting submissions of artistic creations to depict what education, learning and knowledge might look like in the year 2050. Help us enrich the visions of education in the future. Feel free to depict what you hope for or what you fear.
Any static visual image is admissible. Original drawings, photographs, paintings, sketches, and collages are welcome. Captions describing your art are also encouraged.
Submitted art should be in JPEG, JPG, PNG or JPEG format and not larger than 10MB.
Hundreds of pieces of art have already been submitted; they can be explored in the online gallery.