The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ends in 2014. Does that mean that the topic of Education for All will soon be passé?
Not at all. Education in all its aspects has lost none of its relevance. It is one of the most vital elements of globalization and our future.
So it remains pertinent, including here in Germany. Knowledge and education are an important resource for this country, too. In a world driven by information and knowledge, lifelong learning applies not only to individuals, but also to whole societies and nations. Cultural upbringing and education are key to peaceful interaction, development and intercultural dialogue. We must sustainably raise public awareness of that, globally – and beyond 2014.
Do we need another global educational offensive?
Yes, because we still have a long way to go before everyone can access and participate in the global village’s wealth of knowledge and education resources. On the one hand we live in a networked information society. On the other hand, around 800 million people worldwide are illiterate. "Digital literacy" is another challenge. One third of the world’s population can access the Internet. For them, knowledge is just a mouse click away, and communication and networking come naturally. All others are excluded. We have to create the means to close that gap.
How can the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum help to do that?
It is a meeting point for media representatives from around the world and experts from the fields of Continue reading