Symposium: “Transforming Education: Ethics Education for Learning to Live Together”

Transforming Education: An online symposium to accelerate global action to prioritize ethics education for learning to live together

Hundreds of educators, children and young people, policymakers, religious leaders, faith-based and civil society organizations, academic researchers, and multilateral agencies are expected to join the global symposium Transforming Education: Ethics Education for Learning to Live Together, being held online from 22 to 23 November 2021.

We live in an increasingly globalized world where children have many spaces for learning and collaboration, but also a world of increasing distrust and fear of the other. Today, more than ever, we need to recognize the role of education in building safer, equitable, and inclusive societies.

Education needs to support children’s sound and holistic development, not only cognitive and physical but also social, emotional, and spiritual. By nurturing in children ethical values, such as empathy, respect, and responsibility, and life skills such as critical thinking and the ability to solve their differences with others, children can learn to live together with people of different cultures, religions, and beliefs. Ethics education can empower children to become global citizens and work together to build peaceful societies.

The Transforming Education symposium aims to accelerate global action and support to prioritize ethics education as a critical aspect for societies to foster learning to live together, contributing to “building forward better”. Through a series of panel discussions and interactive workshops, participants will learn from the experience, insights, and expertise of diverse partners working at national, regional, and global levels.

To enhance children’s meaningful participation, an advocacy session for children will be held on the 23rd, inviting reflections on how ethics education can help to learn to live together; share recommendations and engage in dialogue with adult leaders.

The Symposium will provide a platform for various stakeholders to share experiences on ethics education programs and their contribution to peacebuilding and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. We will learn about good practices, programs, and policies from governments and schools, with the participation of several Ministries of Education. A critical result of the symposium will be to identify key benefits of integrating ethics education into national policies and programs, and putting forth policy recommendations and concrete programmatic actions on integrating ethics education as a core tenet of equal and inclusive education for children. Registration is open here.

Digital Products: As part of Transforming Education, the organizers are inviting educators, educational institutions, ministries of education, civil society, and faith-based organizations to share digital products; that can be resources or research papers on ethics education for children, or programs that are already being implemented and that can be showcased as good practices, inspiring others across the world. The selected resources will be shared among many practitioners during the event and by partners through their networks. They will also be permanently featured on the Transforming Education website. Applications are open here, until 08 November 2021.

The Transforming Education symposium is being organized by Arigatou International – Geneva, the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity, ICESCO – Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, KAICIID Dialogue Centre, the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of Kenya, Religions for Peace, Scholas Occurrentes, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and UNICEF, with the support of UNESCO.

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