UNESCO MGIEP organises its first Futures’ Workshop at IIEP, Paris

October 9-10, 2017 | IIEP, Paris, FRANCE

As countries march forward to achieve UNESCO Sustainable Development Goal 4, which ensures inclusive and quality education for all, we must stand back and ask ourselves if the present system is adequate. Is there a need for a critical rethinking of education?

To undertake such an inquiry, UNESCO MGIEP designed the Futures Workshop Series, entitled “Transforming Education for Humanity: The Future of Learning”.

The first Futures’ workshop to discuss and debate the design and structure of education for the future was organised on 9-10th of October 2017 at the UNESCO  International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris. The primary objective of this workshop was to identify some of the key challenges that the global contemporary society will face in the 21st century and beyond and to provide some suggestions on what future education systems will look like to addresses these challenges.

The workshop brought together a diverse group of specialists from neuroscience, psychology, education, policy, gaming and technology.

The deliberations of the workshop clearly indicated a need for explicit skills/competencies in education that are focused towards the cultivation of human well-being and flourishing.

The three immediate steps that the workshop proposed are:

1) A comprehensive review of the literature that provides the scientific evidence for the need for such a system of education.

2) The need for a curriculum framework to implement education for well-being.

3) The need for a collaborative interdisciplinary immersive digital platform that will provide such an education and can be learner led.

UNESCO MGIEP will work towards organising more such workshops in the near future with a group of experts to deliberate, discuss and debate on the future of education.

For further details / information, please contact:

  • Nandini Chatterjee Singh, National Programme Officer (
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