Universal, Plural and Quality Education, and Citizen Education
On the Road to Rio+20 - Proposals for a Citizen Project
China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Soldiers and the Latest Trends: Lessons from Yugoslavia?
For a Legitimate, Efficient, and Democratic Global Governance
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
A European Way of Security. The Madrid Report on the Human Security Study Group
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
The Great Together
The Future of Global Governance
Dialogs on Party Systems and Global Democratization
Citizen participation in the process of state reform
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
“Guadalajara Declaration on the future of the city”. A Proposal
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Community-Engaged Research: a step forward
What Europe does the world need?
In the framework of evolution towards fundamental changes in our lifestyle and behavior, education - in the widest sense of the word - plays an essential role. Education is the “force of the future”, because it constitutes one of the most powerful instruments for driving change. One of the toughest challenges will be how to alter our thought so as to face the increasing complexity, the speed of change and the unpredictable nature of our world. We should reconsider the organization of knowledge. In order to do this we must break down the traditional barriers between disciplines and develop the means of bringing back together what has until now been separate. We must re-formulate our education policies and programs. In making these changes it is vital to keep looking ahead on the long term, towards the world of future generations towards whom we have a huge responsibility.
In the context of his vision of “Complex Thought”, Edgar Morin’s essay was published by UNESCO as a contribution to the international debate on how to redirect education towards sustainable development. Edgar Morin presents seven key principles which he considers necessary for future education. His ideas can open up a debate which contributes to helping teachers and leaders to clarify their own thoughts on this vital issue.
The paper does not aim to be a catalog of subjects to be taught, but to look at a selection of fundamental issues that have been completely ignored or forgotten and are, according to the author, necessary for education in the twenty-first century. These are: the problem of the learning process itself and human knowledge, and the absence of reflection on these; the principles for interrelated knowledge beyond its division into disciplines, teaching of the human condition, teaching earth or planet identity; awareness of human and scientific uncertainties and teaching strategies to tackle them, teaching the very process of human comprehension, and finally the ethics of the human species.
Source: UNESCO Documents and Publications