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.


Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

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Sector of activity

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising

Start date


The vision:
Knowledge and learning are humanity’s greatest renewable resources for responding to challenges and inventing alternatives. Yet, education does more than respond to a changing world. Education transforms the world.

The aim:
This initiative will mobilize the many rich ways of being and knowing in order to leverage humanity’s collective intelligence. It relies on a broad, open consultative process that involves youth, educators, civil society, governments, business and other stakeholders. The work will be guided by a high-level International Commission of thought-leaders from diverse fields and different regions of the world.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

SCP changes in practice

  • Top 3 Challenges and Purposes of Education - Survey
  • Your Vision of Education in 2050
  • Your View on the Futures of Education

Impact and Results

In November 2021 the commission will publish a report designed to share a forward-looking vision of what education and learning might yet become and offer a policy agenda. The Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative will catalyze a global debate on how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet.

Next steps and how to get involved

Contribute to our platforms:

1. Top 3 Challenges and Purposes of Education - Survey. A 3-minute online survey to offer views on the top three development challenges ahead in the future and top three ways education can address them.

2. Your Vision of Education in 2050 – Submission of artwork. This platform invites people to share their original creative, artistic visions of what education might look like in 2050.

3. Your View on the Futures of Education - Written contributions. This platform invites people to present their thoughts on what they see as the one major issue for the futures of education (max 1000 words).

All accessible via the link below.