UNESCOCAT launched the Catalan version of the UNESCO report Rethinking Education: towards a global Common Good, in catalan “Repensar l’educació: Vers un bé comú mundial?”
This report revises and enhances the vision provided by the two landmark UNESCO publications: Learning to Be: The world of education today and tomorrow (1972), the ‘Faure Report’, and Learning: The treasure within (1996), the ‘Delors Report’. The latter, one of the most influential educational report ever.
We are living in a world characterized by change, complexity and paradox. These changes signal the emergence of a new global context for learning that has vital implications for education. It requires that we revisit the purpose of education and the organization of learning. The complexity of today’s world requires a comprehensive approach to education policy embedded in a better understanding of the way in which knowledge is created, controlled, disseminated, acquired, validated and used. It also requires further development of the ethical principles that govern education and knowledge as common goods.
This new report is a call for dialogue among all stakeholders. It is inspired by a humanistic vision of education and development, based on respect for life and human dignity, equal rights, social justice, cultural diversity, international solidarity, and shared responsibility for a sustainable future. These are the fundamentals of our common humanity.
Education is the most important transformative force in a Knowledge Society. That is why we should rethink and re-imagine education in a changing world. In order to do so, some questions are needed:
Which kind of education do we need for the XXIst Century? How do the education purposes change in the current context of social and technological transformation? What are the main obstacles facing the re-organization of learning? How can we assure education as a “global common good”, beyond the “public/private” dichotomy? Which role will teachers and educators play in this new stage? Which are the challenges for Catalonia?
Thursday 14th July 2015 at 17.00h, as part of the global launch of the publication, UNESCO presented in Barcelona the Catalan version of the report. The event organised by UNESCOCAT with the collaboration of Fundació Jaume Bofill, took place at La Pedrera auditorium.
The report was presented by Dr. Sobhi Tawil, director of the report and UNESCO Senior Programme Specialist for Education Research and Foresight.
The event also counted on the participation of:
- Dr. Eduard Vallory, president of UNESCOCAT, presented the main results of the initiative Educació Post 2015, leaded by UNESCOCAT and Jaume Bofill Foundation.
- Laia Bou, Principal of the Institut Mont Perdut (Terrassa); Coral Regí, Principal of the Escola Virolai (el Coll, Barcelona); and Astrid Ruiz, Principal of the Escola Congrés-Indians (la Sagrera, Barcelona).
- H. Mr. Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Catalan Government, concluded the event with a key note speech.