ERIC Number: ED404219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Address by Jacques Delors, Chairman of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, General Conference of UNESCO (27th, Paris, France, November 2, 1993).
In this speech to the members of the general conference of UNESCO, the chairman of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century describes the progress of the Commission's work. The chairman discusses education and the challenges of the world as it enters the 21st century. Changes mentioned include the rapid pace of population growth in the number of countries, technological progress, as well as the expansion and refinement of communications. These phenomena of global scope and a host of other related factors have given rise to a complex, dynamic set of problems whose implications and constraints have, in many cases, reached crisis proportions: the economic crisis of underdevelopment, the economic crisis of unemployment in some of the developed countries, the obsolescence of certain growth models, a crisis in the very ideology of progress, and, perhaps most important, a moral crisis in value systems having to contend with changed circumstances and different forms of individual behavior. The speaker identifies four crucial issues facing education: (1) the capacity of education systems to become the key factor in development in the economic, scientific, and cultural spheres; (2) the ability of education systems to adapt to new trends in society by preparing for change despite growing insecurity; (3) the relations between the education system and the state; and (4) the promulgation of the values of openness to others and mutual understanding or the values of peace. (DK)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Economic Development, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Education, International Educational Exchange, Moral Values, Role of Education, Science and Society, Social Change, World Problems
Secretariat, UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France; fax: 014-306-4678; phone: 014-568-4876.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
Note: For related papers, see SO 024 394-407 and SO 024 448-453.