UNESCO Seeks Collaboration with Covenant on Futures Literacy Initiatives
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has expressed its willingness to collaborate with Covenant University on the propagation of UNESCO’s innovative Futures Literacy initiatives.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Management of Covenant on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Leader of the UNESCO team, Dr. Riel Miller, said they were glad to be at Covenant. He expressed gratitude to UNESCO and Covenant University for making the visit possible.
Explaining the Futures Literacy concept, Dr. Miller said the way the future enters into people’s thinking is changing, because it is the image that they have invented about what might happen that shapes their choices in the present. “The only thing is that, most people don’t think about why or how they use the future, they just do it,” he added.
Everyone, according to him, knows that the future is important, hence people worry about things like the future of climate change, etc. He stressed that people hope for a peaceful and inclusive tomorrow, a better education and healthcare, because it promises to help create the conditions for well-being in the future.
Dr. Miller noted that the only problem is that few people stop to think about what is the future and how to best use it for a specific task. “UNESCO calls knowing how to use the future ‘Futures Literacy’,” he said.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, welcomed the team and expressed his excitement at the impending partnership. He pointed out that Futures Literacy is a very innovative idea and corroborates the vision of the University to achieve a world-class status in a very short time.
Stating that Futures Literacy is a concept Covenant University would love to tap into, the Vice-Chancellor averred that the idea could be closely linked to the disruptive approach employed by the University in her quest for early fulfilment of the vision.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, in his comments, stated that, “the future we envisage can only be achieved by planning it out, hence, we are willing to partner with you to see these ideals come to pass”.
Also, the Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Sonia Peter, in her remarks, said that the team from UNESCO has a goal to set up a research team in Sub-Saharan Africa, as they already have one in Morocco. She explained that the organisation was proposing Covenant University to be that hub, where the research can take place. The initiative, Dr. Peter added, will position Covenant University as a key player in the propagation of these ideas in Africa.
Other representatives of Covenant at the occasion were the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; and Director, Vice Chancellor’s Office, Professor David Omole.