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Humanistic Futures of Learning: Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2020 | 213 p.
ISBN 978-92-3-100369-1 (eng); ISBN 978-92-3-200194-8 (fre); ISBN 978-92-3-000126-1 (kor)
Corporate author: 
© UNESCO 2020

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.


This publication presents the first curated input to the Futures of Education initiative from the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which now represents an extensive global network of more than 800 higher education institutions in over 115 countries. It features think pieces that highlight key dimensions to be considered in re-visioning and re-purposing education for the future of humanity and the planet. The collection of the pieces calls for greater focus on a number of critical areas such as: The role of culture in strengthening social and environmental sustainability; the values and attitudes that are needed to shape future generations; the importance of both robust public education, as well as of other learning spaces; the need to strengthen human creativity and capability in the digital era, as well as the role of higher education in generating the knowledge and driving the innovation required to transform our world.


Resource Type: 
Programme reports and evaluations
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Human rights / Human dignity
Peace / Culture of peace
Social justice / Equity
Inclusive / Diversity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Transformative initiatives / Transformative pedagogies
Level of education: 
Higher education
Lifelong learning
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Non-formal education


Global Citizenship Education; Human rights education; Education for Sustainable Development; GCED; ESD