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Global development is at a crossroads. Unsustainable ways of inhabiting the Earth are pushing the future of humanity and the planet to the brink. Dominant development models, based on the quest for control and exploitation of natural resources, have led to irreversible environmental destruction and biodiversity loss, threatening the very existence of humanity. Global economic growth over the past several decades has seen a greater concentration of wealth, widening inequalities and further undermining social cohesion and stability within and across societies. And while digital technologies have connected us more closely than ever, they are also contributing to social fragmentation. The fault lines that characterize current global development patterns threaten our collective futures. In 2021, the United Nations Secretary-General affirmed that “humanity faces a stark and urgent choice: a breakdown or a breakthrough.”  The same year, the report from the International Commission on the Futures of Education further highlighted that we are faced with an existential choice – a choice between continuing on an unsustainable path or radically changing course. Read more...

XVIII World Congress of Comparative Education Societies

Fostering Inclusive Ecologies of Knowledge: Education for Equitable and Sustainable Futures

22-26 July 2024, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA


Fostering epistemological synergies

Indigenous and local knowledge systems and formal education | Epistemologies of the South (uBuntu, Karma Yoga, Pachamama, Tok Stori, and others) | Epistemic diversity, epistemic justice and epistemic humility | Bridging diverse ecologies of knowledge | Learning for environmental sustainability

Comparative and international education

Histories of comparative and international education| Methodological Issues | Case studies| Future role of comparative education | Technological disparities in education | Gender inequalities in education| Role of nutrition and free meals in education

Culture, the arts, and knowledge

Knowledge as culture | Alternative sites of knowledge production | Arts education for sustainability | Culture and the sciences | Performance and representations of knowledge | Cultural diversity in education

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Travel Award 2024

WCCES Special Projects Standing Committee (SPSC) is pleased to announce a travel award of $10000 to make an onsite presentation during the XVIII World Congress 2024. After receiving the applications and reviewing them, an award of $500 each will be disbursed to 20 duly-registered onsite participants hailing from and residing in low/ lower-middle income countries, who are also members of one of the WCCES Constituent Societies

The deadline to apply for this travel award is Thursday, June 20, 2024.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Nelly Stromquist

Professor Emerita, University of Maryland, USA

Nelly specializes in issues related to social change and gender, which she examines from the perspective of critical sociology. Her research interests focus on the dynamics of educational policies and practices, gender relations, and equity, particularly in Latin America.


Dr. Sobhi Tawil

Director, Future of Learning and Innovation, UNESCO, Paris, France

Sobhi leads the Futures of Education initiative, as well as the work in technology and innovation in education at UNESCO.

Diversity Students
“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. ”

― Swami Vivekananda

Fostering Inclusive Ecologies of Knowledge: Education for Equitable and Sustainable Futures

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