RCF : Good morning François ! On the occasion of the forum organized by the CCIC with UNESCO, which you spoke about last week on RCF Radio Station, you are extending your reflection today on the future of education?
François Prouteau : Education occupies an important place in society. During these long months of the pandemic, we have seen how precious education is and how it cannot be put on the back burner. Because, through it, the world of tomorrow is being prepared. Without education there is no future. Learning to become is the very subject of the progress report on The Future of Education that UNESCO published last March.
By launching a reflection and leading a global debate on the future of education by 2050, UNESCO is acknowledging the need to reinvent the way we think about "education, learning and knowledge" "in an increasingly complex, uncertain and fragile world".
We see this with the climate and environmental crisis, and also with the digital, biotechnology and neuroscience revolution, as this UNESCO report emphasizes. This revolution, its purpose and its impact, were at the heart of the first session of the forum, last Thursday, in webinar, organized by the CCIC with UNESCO. One can continue to follow these debates online with this webinar organized by the CCIC.
RCF: So what can we say at this stage about the reflection on the "future of education" initiated by UNESCO for the year 2050?
Basically, the urgency of a change of course is affirmed. A first step is to take note of the current profound crises that are shaking the whole world, "health, governance, economic and environmental crises". At the same time, it is necessary to "redefine humanism for shared futures", that is to say "to rethink the way we see our interdependence with each other, but also with the planet and with technology". This requires new lifelong learning and the "regenerative power of education". Of course, education cannot do everything, but embarking on such an ambition with the nations of the world is already a great contribution; it is a source of hope.
In terms of form, the document distributed last month by UNESCO is a progress report, which means that in the coming months, other work will continue to feed this reflection which aims to encourage new contributions in a cultural diversity, and different ways of conceiving access to knowledge and education, today and tomorrow.
UNESCO calls on everyone to contribute to this challenge: "We must think together in order to act together, and to create the futures we want! "
"The global consultation process is now open! All contributions will be carefully considered and will feed into the preparation of the next World Report on the Future of Education (to be launched in November this year on the occasion of the 41st General Conference of UNESCO)," assures UNESCO.