CRI, UNESCO and +500 partners hosted a global online festival for International Day of Education

Pauline Laravoire #LearningPlanet [email protected] CRI, UNESCO and +500 partners hosted a global online festival for International Day of Education

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

Paris, 24th & 25th January 2021 – In a time when schools, universities and youth are so deeply affected by the pandemic, the #LearningPlanet Festival provided 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, the Festival is an annual rendez-vous to inspire and empower learners of all ages to take action towards a better future. This year specifically, the Festival aimed to contribute to reversing today’s dreary narrative under the theme Learning to take care of Oneself, Others and the Planet. In challenging times indeed, there is an urge to collectively celebrate the seeds of hope, resilience, collaboration, optimism, well-being, and confident momentum towards a healthier tomorrow.

The #LearningPlanet Festival 2021 edition, free and open for all, took place online on January 24-25, gathering over 250 speakers from more than 500 exemplary educational organisations from around the world, for more than 80 enriching sessions. The Festival provided a platform to update close to 2,000 registered attendees 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

Throughout 48 hours and five thematic tracks, the Festival 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. On Monday 25th January, the Festival notaly included a conference organised by UNESCO under the theme ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’ which aimed to celebrate education’s resilience and COVID-19 education heroes. The event also hosted the award ceremony of the “Conversation with The Little Prince’ writing contest and rewarded six laureates who had submitted outstanding creative pieces in six different languages.

Overall, the global festival welcomed, alongside engaged youth and educators, leaders of renowned organisations such as AIME Mentoring 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, Y-East, The World Youth Alliance, The Youth Cafe, and many more.

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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.