Moving forward after the pandemic: Governments and teachers’ unions working together to leave no-one behind
If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us, it is that the future will always surprise us and that success in the future is about coping in a world full of challenges. Education is key to strengthen cognitive, social and emotional resilience among learners, helping them understand that living in tomorrow’s world means trying, failing, adapting, learning and evolving. Schools are key to enhancing students’ optimism for the future. But educational institutions and education systems, too, need to become more resilient to succeed amid unforeseeable circumstances. Resilience provides individuals, institutions and communities with the flexibility, intelligence and responsiveness they need to thrive in social and economic change.
How can governments and teacher unions become better at creating scenarios for education which anticipate the challenges of the future and which enhance equity for all students? How can they anticipate the consequences of such scenarios for the goals and functions of education, for its organisation and structures, and for the education workforce, and ultimately, imagine education’s future? How can governments and unions better navigate between reform and disruption, reconcile new goals with old structures, foster innovation, leverage potential with existing capacity, and reconfigure the spaces, the people, the time and the technologies to educate learners for their future, not our past?
Looking to the future of education, ISTP 2022 continues the forward momentum begun in the last Summit, which focused on equity and the whole child, teacher professionalism and well-being, and intentional collaboration between governments, teacher organisations, schools and communities. Countries highlighted priorities for further discussion- including the need for digital tools to support educational excellence for all and the role of schools and communities in supporting the whole child. These will be explored further within ISTP 2022.