Last month, we participated in the 2022 Lego Idea Conference convened by the LEGO Foundation, thus joining 300+ global education stakeholders: policy makers, civil society and activists. I (Angel) am from Kenya, and I (Zoé) am from Denmark. We were proud to bring GPE youth voices to the conference.
Under the theme “Let’s take playful learning beyond the classroom - Together we can transform learning systems” and over a three-day program, the conference got participants to think through challenges in national education systems, but also opportunities for change, and visions for the future of learning.
Participants from across the world all had one underlying message: ‘Transforming Education Systems’. We were particularly impressed by the remarks from Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of the LEGO Foundation, on re-imagining education to ensure that all children from 0 to 6 years old are surrounded with holistic learning and learn also beyond the classroom.
Her messages on much needed collaboration between all actors (be they donors, civil society, experts, parents…) resonated with us, as we also believe that it is only together that we can realize the purpose of education.
Among several workshops, one grabbed our attention as it focused on the challenges of financing education: How to incentivize more and better financing for education? We put forward the idea of linking education and development funds, which was positively received.
Yes, Education is right of every child. Thank you for the wonderful ideas! There are still many regions in Tanzania, where leaders, parents and communities still believe that it does not matter if girls doesn't go to school. If a girl gets pregnant while in Primary school, they believe that she should leave school and take care of the child and that should be the end of her education. Boys and men are absolved from the sin of pregnancy. The society feels right to blame the young girl, many times, girls who are still children. So as advocates of education transformation we in Tanzania, have a long way to achieve equality between boys and girls. This is a grave challenge but must be achieved otherwise Tanzania, Africa, will not develop. COUNSENUTH contributes to the national efforts to enhance girls education performance in Tunduru Tanzania, using a participatory, performance improvement method with significant success, thanks to seed grant from the MCF. We can share the first results if you would be interested. Thank you
Spot on! Thanks Angel and Zoe for your sharp and important contribution to the discussions around what's needed to transform learning!
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