By Judith Ufford
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that today’s Education system is no longer fit for purpose.
The UN scribe made the declaration during the launch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report titled “Reimagining our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education”, which held Wednesday.
According to António Guterres, Education is the foundation for inclusive societies. It shapes the minds of people across the world as they fulfil their aspirations — both individual and collective.
“It is key to resolving many of the global and local challenges we face. We cannot heal a damaged planet, narrow huge inequalities, secure the rights of women and girls, strengthen trust or build peace, without a strong commitment to education”.
But, today, education is in turmoil, he noted.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a pre-existing global learning crisis. We are moving further away from the education and life-long learning systems we need, as set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the face of profound social, political, economic, environmental and technological change, there is a growing consensus that today’s education systems are no longer fit for purpose”.
The time has come for transformative action on education, he added.
With UNESCO’s “Reimagining our Futures Together”, the reports gives a vision of education that ensures justice, human rights and opportunities for all, he stated.
“A vision that enables every person to live a life of purpose — and contribute to our collective well‑being and our shared home. A vision that will allow us to better respond to emerging challenges, and better address the interests of future generations.
While appreciative of the efforts of the International Commission on the Futures of Education and its Chair, Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, in putting the report together, António Guterres said the report is a vital point of reference for the Transforming Education Summit that the UN will convene in September 2022 adding that the report is an important benchmark, and a launching pad to the success of the 2022 Transforming Education Summit a success, making quality education is a reality for all by 2030.