Update, UNESCO Futures of Education focus groups organized by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.
First, thanks to all those who immediately responded to last week’s invitation by saying they want to participate in a focus group on this topic, and contribute ideas to the UNESCO Commission. Participation is now closed, and we’re actively organizing to hold multiple focus groups, as a way to include as many people as possible. (UNESCO requested one focus group; we’ll be giving them three.)
Second, thanks to Nazan Haydari, member of the CID Advisory Board, who has agreed to serve as one of the focus group leaders. The other two will be led by Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, CID Director.
For everyone else with an interest in the topic but who was unable to respond quickly enough to participate, the following are relevant materials to read.
Publications on education produced by prior UNESCO Commissions, which serve as the background for this one:
Faure, E., et al. (1972). Learning to be: The world of education today and tomorrow. Paris: UNESCO.
Delors, J. (1996). Learning: The treasure within; report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. Paris: UNESCO.
Elfert, M. (2015). Learning to live together: Revisiting the humanism of the Delors report. Education Research and Foresight Working Papers, 12.
UNESCO. (2015). Rethinking education: Towards a global common good? Paris: UNESCO.
Materials already produced by the current Commission:
UNESCO. (2020). Visioning and framing the Futures of Education. Paris: UNESCO.
UNESCO. (2020). Education in a post-COVID world: Nine ideas for public action. Paris: UNESCO.
Editor, International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 21 January 2021.
This position is located in the Information Services Unit of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris and reports to the Information Services Team Leader. Under the supervision of the Team leader and in close collaboration with other team members, the incumbent is in charge of reviewing, revising and editing IIEP documents, such as manuscripts, concept notes, web news, institutional documents, etc. The incumbent supports in particular IIEP move towards e-publications, including through the provision of advise and assistance in this regard to IIEP staff. Because of the public nature IIEP content, the incumbent must demonstrate very good editorial skills and sound judgement in order to maintain IIEP’s excellent reputation.
If you are interested in participating in a cooperative CID-UNESCO focus group on the role of intercultural dialogue in the futures of education, then please read the following and send an email immediately as this event will be scheduled for late January at a mutually convenient day/time. We cannot guarantee participation, as this will be a small group, but you will also be able to organize your own event if so desired. There will only be one meeting, and then a report of the discussion sent in to UNESCO.
UPDATE: Several focus groups are now full, thanks to the many responses – more details to be posted shortly as there are results to report.
UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative is an ambitious attempt to rethink education and help shape the future. The initiative is catalyzing a global debate on how education, learning and knowledge need to be re-imagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity.
As part of this initiative, UNESCO has appointed a high-level International Commission of thought leaders with diverse expertise and perspectives from the worlds of politics, academia, the arts, science and business. The International Commission will prepare a report, to be released in November 2021, that will provide an agenda for action and discussion by policymakers and practitioners.
The report of the International Commission will emerge out of a range of work modalities that emphasize co-creation, a broad participatory and partnership structure, the inclusion of diverse perspectives, and the absence of pre-specified conclusions. Towards this end, UNESCO is encouraging individuals, organizations and networks to organize focus group discussions with their constituencies, inputs from which will feed into to the Commission’s work.
The objective of these consultations is to generate a set of diverse perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for education and learning that can be both anticipated/predicted and imagined/envisioned when looking towards the year 2050. Rethinking as well as fully reimagining the way we live together are key dimensions explored by UNESCO; this is why the Center for Intercultural Dialogue has been approached to mobilize its members in the organization of a focus group discussion. Please send an email asap if you wish to participate!
Advisor for Communication and Information, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, Rabat, Morocco. Deadline: December 26, 2020.
The Advisor for Communication and Information, under the direct supervision of the Director of UNESCO Office in Rabat and the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Communication and Information (ADG/CI) as well as in close cooperation with staff of CI Sector at Headquarters (Directors, Chiefs of Section, Programme Specialists) and in Field Offices of the region, is responsible for developing, planning and managing a programme of work and as a team leader may manage, supervise and guide a team of staff to ensure the delivery of programme initiatives and project activities, from funding proposals to project design to evaluation and reporting.
Youth’s Voice for the Future of Media and Information Literacy in Asia and the Pacific, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Jakarta, November 18, 2020, 12:00-2:00 PM Jakarta Time, online.
Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Inc. (AMIC) will be conducting an online discussion with youth entitled, Youth’s Voice for the Future of Media and Information Literacy in Asia and the Pacific. This event has the support of UNESCO Offices in Jakarta, Bangkok and New Delhi. The event will be on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:00PM – 2:00 PM Jakarta Time.
The main objective is to understand how to better integrate media and information literacy (MIL) into education from the perspective of youth in Asia and the Pacific region, taking into consideration specific challenges faced by young women, as well as youth with disabilities, such as internet connectivity and accessibility. Another objective of this exercise is to build and strengthen the network of youth who could be the advocates for developing and expanding MIL in the Asia and the Pacific region.
CID can nominate up to five (5) representatives age 15-24 who are based in Asia and the Pacific to participate in the invite-only online discussion with MIL experts. If you are a CID follower and wish to be nominated, send an email with your name and age as well as the city and country in which you are based. English will be the working language for the event. Be sure to note the time zone, especially if you are physically based in the USA.
Programme Specialist (Culture), UNESCO, Montevideo, Uruguay. Deadline: 14 November 2020.
The Programme Specialist (Culture), under the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office in Montevideo and the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, coordinates the programme and projects in the field of Culture to ensure the design, development, planning, monitoring, implementation and coordination of activities carried out under Major Programme IV – Culture in the countries covered by the Regional Office. He/She is also responsible for preparing inputs for the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the Programme and Budget (C/5) and related work plans, as well as for developing partnerships and fundraising activities and ensuring UNESCO’s contribution to the ‘Delivering as One’ exercise in the field of Culture in the countries covered by the Office. He/She also leads and supervises the staff of the Culture Unit of the Office.
Culture & COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker, UNESCO, Paris, France.
To address the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the culture sector, UNESCO has launched a weekly “Culture & COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker” to provide an overview of the rapidly evolving situation. It explores both the immediate impact of the health crisis and examples of how countries around the world are adapting to the situation. This is one of several initiatives by the Organization to respond to the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector worldwide.
Ten issues have already appeared, examining such issues as the impact on world heritage sites, tourism, museums, archaeological sites, and indigenous peoples.
COVID-19 vs. Intercultural Dialogue: What Impact? An interview of Professor Fethi Mansouri (UNESCO Chairholder, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia) by Ann-Belinda Preis (Chief of UNESCO Intercultural Dialogue).
A good question. See the entire interview, but for an excerpt:
ABP: How does lack of contact and social interaction impact the broader Intercultural Dialogue (ICD) agenda, which is built on connectivity, contact and exchange?
FM: This is perhaps where COVID-19 presents a significant challenge to the ICD agenda. Intercultural dialogue has, as one of its core premises, contact between people. And the reason why we have contact as a core premise is because there is an assumption that when people get to know one another, prejudice might be reduced, and that issues of discrimination might disappear. So COVID-19 and its emphasis on social distancing means that a lot of what we would like to achieve through intercultural dialogue, in particular in bringing people together, bringing communities together, bringing diverse communities together (and diversity here means diversity of ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, nationalities etc.)…
Intercultural dialogue is in itself an essential tool that we will need in the post-COVID-19 environment.
We will need to renegotiate a new global compact, a new social contract, and I think dialogue will have to play a key role in that. So it is being perhaps compromised right now but it has a big role to play in the post-COVID-19 world that will emerge.
Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 15 February 2020.
Under the authority of the Director-General, the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences is responsible for providing leadership and strategic vision for the Social and Human Sciences Sector in line with the Organization’s current Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021, its global priorities Africa and gender equality, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To that effect, the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences is responsible for the overall implementation of the Social and Human Sciences Major Programme, as approved by UNESCO’s governing bodies. This comprises management, planning and coordination of UNESCO’s strategy, programmes and plans of action for the Social and Human Sciences Sector, including transversal and interdisciplinary initiatives, as well as assistance in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources and establishing partnerships.
The Social and Human Sciences Sector’s mission is to strengthen social and human sciences programmes and policies – nationally, regionally and globally – and to promote international cooperation to address the critical challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objective is to advance knowledge, standards and intellectual cooperation in order to address the complexity of social transformations, by promoting inclusive social development and intercultural dialogue in particular.
Associate Programme Specialist, Communication and Information, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 8 December 2019.
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information (ADG/CI) and the direct supervision of the Chief, Executive Office (CI/EO), the incumbent is responsible for providing professional and technical support, research and analysis for the programme management, as well as coordination of the Communication and Information (CI) Sector. Working as part of the global CI team and as member of the Executive Office, the incumbent will assist the Chief, CI/EO in performing the major activities listed below.
To assist Chief, CI/EO in overall coordination activities of the Executive Office, the incumbent will:
- collect and analyze data, prepare and consolidate briefings in the thematic areas of media and information literacy, media development, universal access to information and documentary heritage;
- provide support to Chief CI/EO in facilitating joint action and good working relations between colleagues in the Field and Headquarters, UNESCO Centers, Institutes and networks, Central services, as well as partnerships with Member States, Intergovernmental Organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector;
- manage and produce correspondence, memos, briefings, speeches, articles, web content, inputs to the UNESCO annual report, etc.