Time for new thinking on education in the Commonwealth
Commonwealth Foundation November 22, 2015

Time for new thinking on education in the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) will host an Education Policy Dialogue between Ministers and civil society delegates as part of the CPF on Tuesday 24th November 2015. In preparation for the dialogue, invited civil society participants from Commonwealth small states are meeting on Saturday 21st November to debate issues within the target theme of Transformative Education and Sustainable Development in Small States: Building resilience through skills and livelihoods, to prepare key messages for policy makers in advance of the Policy Dialogue.

What is Transformative Education?

In face of the daunting challenge that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development described as an ‘urgent need to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path’, thinking outside the box has become a must rather than a luxury or an option. Here, education becomes a bold process intended to develop new perceptions, new skills, more confidence and happier livelihoods.

“We need to bring reality into the education context and insert things into the curriculum that challenge the status quo and promote the critical thinking of people” – Joel Warrican “NGOs need free hands to steer the change sought in education” – Prof. Paul Pace “In order to have an educational shift, we need to review our belief systems. Education that fosters change is education that is able to criticise the system” – Joel Warrican