The UNESCO report “Rethinking education: towards a global common good? is an update by UNESCO of the approaches of one of the reports that has most influenced the world of education: the 1996 Delors Report “Learning: The Treasure Within”. The document is based on the enormous changes that the world has experienced in the last 25 years. These changes are characterized by new degrees of complexity and contradiction, which imply an even greater need to transform education than indicated in the Delors Report.
Societies are undergoing profound changes, it explains, and this requires new forms of education to promote the competences needed by societies and economies, today and tomorrow. This means going beyond basic literacy and numeracy competences to focus on new approaches and learning environments to achieve more equity and quality for all. Education should generate cultural literacy that contributes to linking the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. This is a humanist vision of education as an essential common good. Education for citizenship in a diverse world, global-local governance, more inclusive education, accreditation of new competences… In the knowledge society, there is no more powerful force for transformation than education, the report adds: that is why we have to think big and imagine education again in a changing world.
The UNESCO Center of Catalonia has published the Catalan version of the document, which was presented in Barcelona in July 2015.