About LearningPlanet and the Festival
LearningPlanet International Alliance
Created in 2019 by the Learning Planet Institute and UNESCO, the LearningPlanet Alliance leads a global community of practice dedicated to the transformation of education and the co-construction of a learning society.
It brings together diverse, complementary and committed actors (NGOs, public actors, cities and territories, schools and universities, social entrepreneurs, companies, students, youth movements, activists, artists...) but with a common goal: to teach individuals to "take care of oneself, others and the planet".
Together, these actors share their knowledge, their pedagogical practices and their field experiences (creating new ways of learning, teaching, doing research and mobilising collective intelligence), in order to better prepare individuals and organisations to understand and collectively take up the challenges of our time.
Objectives of the International Alliance:
- Federate & Share. By uniting the forces of pioneering actors, create a movement acting for the transformation of educational and lifelong learning models in the world. To share the stories of the future that support these transformations. To present the multitude of initiatives that have been implemented.
- Learn from each other. Within the wider educational community, create all the conditions for sharing knowledge, projects and pedagogies. Depending on the context, facilitate the adaptation and replication of the most relevant educational approaches. Thus accelerate the transformation of educational models at scale.
- Collaborate. Develop new solutions together. Co-create educational projects that no single organisation could do alone. Increase the community's impact on all audiences. Better prepare current and future generations to understand and address major societal and environmental challenges.
Activities of the LearningPlanet Alliance:
- The LearningPlanet Festival is organised every year around International Education Day in partnership with UNESCO and hundreds of pioneering organisations in the fields of education, culture, science, social and environmental impact, as well as with thousands of students and young activists from all over the world. Hundreds of events, both local and online, provide opportunities to share ideas and current projects, to launch initiatives, to mobilise the forces that are committed to adapting our learning models to the accelerated transitions of the 21st century.
- The LearningPlanet Circles bring together throughout the year organisations committed to common causes: youth engagement, university transitions, etc. They are communities of practice dedicated to dialogue between stakeholders (institutions, educators, social entrepreneurs, citizens, young people, etc.), but also spaces for creating impact projects. Each circle is co-created with partners who are pioneers in their field.
The Learning Planet Institute (LPI) is the new iteration of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) started by researchers François Taddei and Ariel Lindner in 2006. The LPI is a driver of the learning-society revolution that believes learning, research, collective intelligence, and creativity can help both people and organizations adapt to the increasingly complex challenges of our rapidly changing world.
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO promotes knowledge sharing and the free flow of ideas to accelerate mutual understanding and a more perfect knowledge of each other's lives. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. The fifth International Day of Education will be celebrated on 24 January 2023 under the theme “to invest in people, prioritize education”. Education must be prioritized to accelerate progress towards all the Sustainable Development Goals against the backdrop of a global recession, growing inequalities and the climate crisis.