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Unesco Panel to Ponder the Challenge  to Education of Creating a New  Humanism By Barry James Published: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1993 PARIS: The population explosion. Violence. Intolerance. Ethnic conflict. The deteriorating environment. Is history, as H. G. Wells said, "a race between education and catastrophe?"Does education have a role in solving the great problems of the modern age? Federico Mayor, the director-general of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, believes it does, but at the same time he says people should realize the limits of what education can achieve. Mr. Mayor has asked Jacques Delors, the president of the EC Commission, to head an international commission, which will meet for the first time next month,to seek ways in which education can be employed to fashion a more tolerant and less violent world. The Delors commission is scheduled to present its conclusions by the end of 1994. The panel includes the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes; former Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica; William Gorham, president of the Urban Institute in Washington; Polish historian Bronislaw Geremek and several others who might loosely be described as members of the great and the good class. Theirs will be the first such study since the 1970s Unesco report published under the direction of the French statesman Edgar Faure, which emphasized the value of lifelong learning. Mr. Mayor said the Faure report, "Learning to Be," had helped give education a more human face, but that "20 years on, in addition to learning to be, we must also learn to care and to share." Mr. Mayor, a Catalan biochemist, said: "At this time, what is needed more than ever before are values -points of reference. So what we are asking for is an agenda for action based on three great pillars: nonviolence, equality and liberty. These should be the basis for education in all countries, no matter what their beliefs, cultural sensibilities or religious principles." Mr. Delors said in an interview that the commission's purpose is not to introduce new ideologies
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  • Spring '08
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  • UNESCO, lifelong learning, President of the European Commission, Continuing education, Jacques Delors, Delors Commission

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