On 2-5 September 2015, UNESCO Bangkok and Chulalongkorn University co-organised Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenariosworkshop at Department of Lifelong Education, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Rethinking education is about thinking outside the box and re-envisioning education in a changing world. It builds on the premise that creating sustainable futures requires us to recognize the constant transformation in education and learning, as well as the transformative force of education.
Over 40 participants from more than 30 community-based learning and non-formal education organisations in Asia and the Pacific attended the four-day workshop.
Mr Riel Miller, Foresight Programme Specialist from UNESCO Paris was the main workshop trainer. The workshop has two overarching goals (a) generating new insights into attributes and role of community-based learning and non-formal education in societal transformation and the search for greater sustainability, (b) searching for ways to enhance the capacity of community-based non-formal learning to contribute to sustainable development on the basics of the insights. The groups’ activities were designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experience through imagining probable, preferred and alternative futures for education in 2040. By creating these three future scenarios, the groups were able to come up with their action agendas which reflected their anticipatory thinking and undertakings to achieve the objectives set out in the agendas. The workshop closed with a study visit to Banjumrung Community Learning Centre at Rayong Province, known as the model of Best Practice of the “sufficiency economy philosophy and rural community development”.