ERIC Number: ED404218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-20
Report by Jacques Delors, Chairman of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, First Session (Paris, France, March 2-4, 1993).
In this paper the chairman of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century reviewed commission discussions on education in the 21st century. The growing interdependence of the modern world is discussed including the results of the U.S. economic ideology of the Ronald Reagan era on the world economy, and the collapse of the Communist system. A vast economic mutation and the appearance of the new international division of labor occurred as industries were decentralized to places where production costs were cheaper. The countries benefiting from this development were intent on making their voices heard. Another feature of the emerging world was a no less important mutation occurring in science, which brought the information society and new kinds of employment into being. The commission drew up a preliminary list of problems, challenges and dangers that it would have to consider. The first problem identified was demographic movements and population. A second problem was bound up with the environment. A third stemmed from economic and financial turmoil. A fourth problem was the scarcity of jobs. Education and universal values were discussed. The end purposes of education are defined as: (1) ensuring the all round development of the individual and making that person capable of achieving self fulfillment in a pluralist society; (2) training social beings who were capable of communicating and discharging the responsibilities of citizens; (3) countering inequality of opportunity; (4) providing a response to the different needs of the economy; (5) providing opportunities for education throughout life; (6) ensuring technical progress; and (7) providing support for mutual cooperation. (DK)
Descriptors: Demography, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Technology, International Relations, Social Change, World Problems
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
Note: For related items, see SO 024 394-407 and SO 024 448-454.