2025 Global Forum

2025 Global Forum

Re-imagining the Education of Humanity for the Third Millennium

February 13-15, 2025

Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India


The Forum is conceived as a global event of academic significance, collective intellectual sharing and professional strategic decision-making. The purpose of the Forum is to discuss education policy, educational aims, ideals and paradigms on the basis of the collectively developed Global Declaration “Educating Humanity for the Third Millennium” and to consolidate the work of international scholars across the world who are concerned about the current state of education, the trajectory it has taken; and feel strongly the necessity to counter the negative impacts of narrow minded and short-term approaches seen to have detrimental effects on human societies and the environment.

The World Forum aims to gain a collective and deeper understanding of ideas and formulations for the imminent globally relevant Declaration.

The program will include plenary sessions at which prominent scholars and theorists will deliver keynote addresses on each of the four themes of human nature, educational policy, democracy and pedagogy. There will also be workshops and small group discussions, moderated by leading experts on the proposed themes. The closing plenary session will consolidate the deliberations and will focus on the next steps to formulate ideas and develop proposals for action and implementation of the imminent Declaration on Education.

The range of participants will include philosophers, scholars, teachers, faculties, policy- makers of education, educational NGO’s members, representing diverse cultural regions from all inhabited continents.

Among the planned results of the Forum are the publication of Forum materials on the Internet and on paper; creation of horizontal academic and possible educational connections; the emergence of research groups for future research on Forum topics; development of a further strategy for disseminating the ideas of the declaration and educational practices that embody these ideas.





  • Chair - Dr. Rajashree Srinivasan, Professor of education at the School of Education, Azim Premji University. Bangalore, India  

  • Vice-Chair - Dr. Ronald Barnett, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London.   President of the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES).  London, UK

  • Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath, Founder and Director of the Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace, educationist, political scholar, former Principal of Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Delhi,  India 

  • Dr. Christoph Wulf,  Professor of Anthropology and  philosophy of education at the Freie Universität Berlin. Vice President of the German UNESCO Commission. Berlin, Germany

  • Dr. Babacar Diop, Professeur titulaire de classe exceptionnelle d'histoire, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Director of the Chair on the African Renaissance ICESCO, UCAD; President of the Pan-African Association for Literacy and Adult Education; Deputy Coordinator of the General History Project of Senegal. Dakar, Sénégal

  • Dr. Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland, Social Justice and Education, Dublin, Ireland

  • Dr. Karen Charman, Associate Professor, Head of Program Education, Head of Research Education,   College of Arts, Business, Law, Education and IT, Victoria University.  Founder Public Pedagogies Institute.  Editor Journal of Public Pedagogies. Melbourne, Australia

  • Dr. Martínez Larrechea, Enrique, Professor, Rector of Instituto Universitario Sudamericano. Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Dr. Boni Wozolek, Associate Professor of Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Director of Diversity, Equity, and  Inclusive Excellence, Pennsylvania State University, Abington College. Abington, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Coordinator - Dr. Margarita Kozhevnikova. Associate Professor of philosophy of education, the coordinator of the “Human Education for the 3rd Millennium” initiative. St. Petersburg, Russia  

Download Global Forum organizing group.pdf