CRI, UNESCO and +150 partners to host a global online festival for International Day of Education

The #LearningPlanet Festival will offer more than 80 online sessions and gather hundreds of inspiring speakers and organisations from across the globe to celebrate learning.

Paris, January 2021 – In a time when schools, universities and youth are so deeply affected by the pandemic, the #LearningPlanet Festival will provide a timely opportunity to celebrate education as a powerful way to collectively move forward. Organised in partnership with UNESCO and other leading organisations across the world, it aims to inspire and empower learners of all ages to take action towards a better future.

The #LearningPlanet Festival will take place on January 24-25, gathering over 250 speakers from more than 150 exemplary educational organisations from around the world, for more than 80 enriching online sessions. It intends to reverse today’s dreary narrative; in challenging times, there is an urge to collectively celebrate the seeds of hope, resilience, collaboration, optimism, well-being, and confident momentum towards a healthier tomorrow. This is the objective of the upcoming #LearningPlanet Festival, free and open for all under the theme: Learning to take care of Oneself, Others and the Planet.

The Festival will provide a platform to update the audience on solutions addressing today’s burning challenges in education: collective intelligence and action, education for sustainability, children’s health, youth rights and agency, new leadership models, future literacies as well as art, science and technology in education. These themes are at the core of #LearningPlanet’s vision of meaningful learning towards solving our most complex collective challenges.

“We all have a stake in education, let’s act together to fulfill its promise.”
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General
“Let’s empower learners of the world to invent a sustainable future.”
François Taddei, CRI Chief Exploration Officer

The Festival will shed light on inspiring organisations, ideas and solutions that deserve to be shared and implemented at scale through a series of expert sessions, community activities, launch announcements and educational workshops. The global celebration will notably welcome, alongside engaged youth and educators, leaders of renowned organisations such as Ashoka, AUF, BBC Action Media, Campus AFD, Climate-KIC, Club of Rome, Community Arts Network, CRI, Designathon, Design for Change, DreamADream, EdTech France, European Student Union, Exaptive, Global Education Futures, Global Education Leaders Partnership, Global Entrepreneurship Network, Global Minnesota, IRD, Kabakoo Academies, Kruzhok Movement, Learning Creates Australia, Leonardo, Maison de l’Apprendre, MasterPeace, Museums for the UN, OECD, Reboot the Future, UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, War Childhood Museum, The Weaving Lab, Weizmann Institute of Science, WHO-UNICEF-The Lancet Commission, WISE, World’s Largest Lesson, AIME Mentoring, The World Youth Alliance, The Youth Cafe.

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About #LearningPlanet
Initiated by CRI and UNESCO in 2020, #LearningPlanet is a global open alliance of more than
300+ educational organisations and learning communities with a cause, with the mission to
inspire & empower learners of all ages to contribute to shaping better futures.