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.