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The heart of education: Learning to live together

In 1996, the UNESCO International Commission on Education for the 21st Century released an inspirational report Learning: The Treasure Within which presented a vision of education based on four pillars of learning: learning to live together, learning to know, learning to do and learning to be. The report emphasized that the survival of humanity is highly dependent on learning how to live together, beginning by understanding and accepting other people and their history, cultures, traditions and values. 

The world has changed in many ways since then. Much has been accomplished, but a lot more needs to be done to translate the idealistic vision of education into actions on the ground. The clamour for education to foster more humanistic and sustainable lifestyles has highlighted a need to better understand how education systems – from the curricula, pedagogies, school environment and settings, assessments and extra-curricular activities – can concretely bridge theories and practices.

UNESCO convened the 16th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, The Heart of Education: Learning to Live Together, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Thailand, the Asian-Pacific Network for International Education and Values (APNIEVE), Pearson Thailand and J.P. Morgan The Conference aims to facilitate discussions on leading-edge thinking about learning, reflect on the linkages between learning and social development, explore approaches and tools to enhance learning, and identify enabling policies and instruments to promote learning to live together.

More than 250 participants from 30 countries all over the world attended the Conference that was held in Bangkok from 21 – 23 November. Keynote speeches and papers have been presented for the following subthemes: 

I. Paradigms of learning to live together

  • Delineating contemporary theories of learning
  • Researching the context, content and mechanics of learning
  • Reviewing intercultural and inclusive education for learning to live together
  • Monitoring and assessing practices and outcomes to enhance learning to live together

II. Innovative practices of learning to live together

  • Identifying innovative pedagogies, technologies and tools for learning to live together
  • Promoting innovative practices in intercultural and inclusive education
  • Enhancing professional development of teachers
  • Designing environments and resources to promote learning to live together

III.     Collaboration and learning communities

  • Strengthening collaboration in teaching and learning about universal human core values
  • Enhancing traditional and non-traditional schooling of the future
  • Developing intercultural and inclusive education for mutual understanding and peaceful exchanges
  • Encouraging peaceful resolution of conflicts through learning to live together

IV.    Policies and instruments for learning to live together

  • Formulating policies and institutional frameworks to promote learning to live together
  • Strengthening leadership in learning for social development
  • Devising financing and partnership models and mechanisms which promote learning to live together
  • Designing indicators and measurement tools to assess non-cognitive learning outcomes

All keynote speeches, presentations and papers are available on our website for download.



30.11.2012