Education for Pluralism

Education for Pluralism

The education sector is critical to transmitting the norms and attitudes that shape how we perceive and respond to difference. Education is key to developing mutual understanding and positive responses to diversity in the 21st century.

An education rooted in pluralism cultivates empathy, collaboration, self-knowledge and an understanding of diverse perspectives. It equips learners to engage with people who are different from them. Education for pluralism does not avoid contentious issues – rather, it encourages critical thinking and experiential and enquiry-based learning. These lifelong skills can help shape learners into responsible and empathetic adults who value diversity and contribute actively towards an inclusive society.

Transformative results

The Centre’s overall goal in education for pluralism is to achieve long-term, transformative results in behaviour and attitudes to advance and sustain pluralism in the world. This work is accomplished through diverse educational offerings tailored to meet the needs of different audiences. The Centre’s work in education is guided by the following:

  • A focussed, strategic approach. Given the complexity of working in the education field internationally, the education program is mindful of setting targets that are achievable. Our focus is on quality deliverables developed with experienced partners that are accessible to a range of audiences.  
  • Teacher training and professional development. Integrating pluralism into education requires teacher training and professional development to support educators in developing an understanding of pluralism and how it can be incorporated into teaching. The Centre is developing educational materials that can be contextualized for educators and learners worldwide.
  • Prioritizing both quality and relevance of products. Multiple perspectives must be considered to develop quality educational products. The Centre has established an international working group of experts in education. Members help refine and pilot tools and resources, helping to ensure that they are adaptable to different geographical and socio-cultural contexts.
  • Contributing to the global educational discourse. The Centre contributes to the global discourse on education by taking part in strategic policy-level discussions in Canada and around the world led by partners including the Ontario Ministry of Education, UNESCO, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development, and the International Organization of La Francophonie.

Featured Work

Values-Based Education, Kenya

Teacher development program designed to promote pluralistic values in and through the Kenyan education system.

Oxford Symposium 2018

Presentations on the intersections between education, uncertainty and the changing nature of society

Oxford Symposium 2017

Presentations on the meaning of education in an uncertain world at the Oxford Symposium

Oxford Keynote 2017

Keynote by Dr. Huguette Labelle at the Oxford Symposium for Comparative and International Education

Youth Workshop

Pluralism workshop designed for youth delivered at Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Global Citizenship

1300 youth produce the International Youth White Paper on Global Citizenship