Futures of Education report ranked first among top 100 books liked by Chinese teachers in 2022
The report of the International Commission on the Futures of Education, Reimagining our Futures Together: A new social contract for education, ranked first among the top 100 books liked by Chinese teachers in 2022.
This booklist published by national education newspaper China Education Daily was selected by a group of scholars and teachers who positioned UNESCO’s report on the Futures of Education as the most influential educational reading recommendation in China.
This success follows the official September 2022 launch of the Chinese language version of the Reimagining our Futures Together report co-published with the Chinese Educational Science Publishing House. The hybrid launch co-hosted by the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and the National Institute of Education Sciences, included keynote remarks by Ms. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO, as well as presentations by Dr. Sobhi Tawil, Director of the Futures of Learning and Innovation, UNESCO, and by Professor Justin Yifu Lin, member of the International Commission on the Futures of Education. Under the theme of Reimagining the Futures of Education Together: Global Agenda and China's Contribution, the launch brought together leading experts and representatives from academia, government, and civil society organizations to reimagine education for just and sustainable futures and discuss how to best respond to the international call issued by the UN Secretary General for transforming education.
“It is extremely encouraging to see that the report of the International Commission on the Futures of Education is gaining prominence among Chinese teachers,” Mr. Tawil said. “As the report underlines, teachers are the most significant factor in educational quality – there can be no transformation of education without teachers.”
The report of the International Commission on the Futures of Education is not a blueprint or a roadmap. Rather, it is an invitation to public dialogue, research, innovation, and action to transform education. It calls for a new social contract for education that engages a broad range of constituencies – teacher unions, professional associations of educators, student organizations, youth movements, parents’ associations, schools, universities, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and others – to re-examine why, what, and how we learn, and to renew knowledge, learning and education systems that can help shape more just and sustainable futures.
The report of the International Commission on the Futures of Education, now available in 11 languages, as well as further resources on UNESCO's Futures of Education initiative, can be found here.