The year 2020 has been a year like no other in recent decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption to societies around the world, at the same time as the human-induced climate crisis continues to cause devastating effects through extreme weather events around the world. This is also a year of transition on many fronts as it marks the beginning of what the United Nations has called the “Decade of Action” for Achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and an important moment for the European Union (EU) as its institutions, policies and programmes have just undergone or will soon undergo renewal. It also marks the year of the European twin transitions: green and digital mainstreamed throughout European strategies. For education and training in Europe it’s also the year of an ambitious agenda for Achieving the European Education Area by 2025. All these developments serve as an important backdrop for reflections on the future of education in Europe and beyond.
«If still more education is to save us, it would have to be education of a different kind: an education that takes us into the depth of things» E.F. Schumacher