Climate Commission Futures of Education Focus Groups

Please note, our groups are now full. We look forward to collating our discussions and sharing our insights with UNESCO, the further and higher education sector and the wider public. Thank you to all the students participating in these groups!

Hello Students!

UNESCO has created the International Commission for the Futures of Education to lead a global debate to rethink education and shape the future culminating in a report that will influence international education policy. Download UNESCO's brochure here to find out more about the initiative. 

You are important and your opinions matter, and UNESCO wants you to contribute to their report! 

Therefore, we will be running three 1-hour long focus groups to collect input from students involved in the Climate Commission. The focus groups will be facilitated by a student Commissioner and will involve an informal discussion about education with a maximum of 10 students.

Discussion questions include:

  • How do you view the future? When you think about 2050 do you feel hopeful/concerned etc?
  • Considering your previous answer, what should the purpose of education be in 2050?
  • How should what we learn, how we learn and where we learn change in the future?
Your opinions and insights will then collated and sent to UNESCO, allowing you to have an impact on the future of education. 

Interested in taking part? 

Dates for the focus groups: 
  • Focus Group 1  -  led by Commissioner Amy Brazier  -  July 10th, 1000 -1100  -  more information here  (FULL)
  • Focus Group 2  -  led by Commissioner Manveer Gill  -  July 13th, 1300 -1400 - more information here  (FULL)
  • Focus Group 3  -  led by Commissioner Marta Crispo  -  July 21, 1300 - 1400  -  more information here  (FULL)

We wish to ensure our contribution to UNESCO represents students of varying ages and from different institutions and disciplines. 

If you are interested in taking part, please email Fiona Goodwin at as soon as possible. In your email, please include the following:
  • Your name
  • Your institution
  • Qualification you are studying for
  • Year of study 
  • Which focus group you are hoping to attend 

Additionally, please briefly answer the following question:
  • Why do you want to be involved in this focus group? 

We look forward to hearing your ideas on the future of education!  


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