An Inclusive Future
An inclusive world will embrace unity through diversity and recognise that differences based on race, colour, religion, creed, social class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age and disability have no place in an open society. An inclusive world will identify and remove barriers to achievement; for example, by finding innovative solutions for including economically disadvantaged children in the education process. Creating an inclusive future requires review and reconsideration of directions being set by governments across the globe. This dimension poses a number of key questions:
- Would the future world address the needs of 124 million children currently out of school – as well as the millions ‘in school’ but receiving substandard education?
- Would an inclusive future address the needs of children with learning differences?
- Would an inclusive future address the needs of non-binary individuals who do not identify with the two mainstream genders?
- Will gender continue to dominate our thinking on sports and other ‘male-dominated’ pursuits in an inclusive world? Will gender equality be achieved through the development of the arts, humanities and sciences? (Rees, et al., 2016)
- Will religious and ethnic minorities remain ‘minorities’ in the future?