This November, the Escola Nova 21 Alliance organized, together with UNESCO and the OECD, a symposium to contribute to the confluence of international knowledge on the educational purpose and foundations of learning practices with research and educational work already existing in our country. The symposium was held at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona, and included an inaugural lecture by the former Director General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, on the challenges of education in the world today, twenty years after the Délors Report, which he promoted. A short time before, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Catalan Government, Raül Romeva; the Rector of the UPF, Jaume Casals; and the Vice Rector of the Open University of Catalonia, Marta Aymerich, had inaugurated the symposium.
Escola Nova 21, the alliance promoted by Unescocat among others, aims to contribute, over a period of three years, to empowering teachers, families and society to promote an educational system in the direction set by Agenda 2030: towards a truly competitive purpose that favors children and young people becoming autonomous people with a full life, and towards learning practices that respond to the knowledge of how people learn.
UNESCO’s reflection on educational purpose, with its two major reports on Education (Faure and Delors), as well as the recent Rethinking Education and the work it begun on rethinking learning in a complex world; and the OECD, with its previous work on learning practices of the Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) initiative, and the current study, Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning – both provide the main frameworks on which to develop the process of change, which Escola Nova 21 has synthesized in the Advanced School framework.