Thursday, January 14, 2016

Enriching Education: Learning Literacy by Design Web Event

What Is Learning Literacy and How Can School Systems and Citizens Use It to Help Students Thrive in Today’s World?
Education Fast Forward hosts EFF16, the Global Debate entitled Learning Literacy by Design, which will be streamed live on Monday 18th January 2016 at 09:00 – 10:50 GMT  from The Education World Forum, Westminster, London at www.EFFDEBATE.ORG (There is no need to register for this free event).
The EFF16 Debate will be chaired by Education World Forum Program Director Gavin Dykes.
Speakers will include Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Michael Trucano, the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education.  The keynote speakers will be joined by Education World Forum delegates from over 28 countries as well as other thought leaders from across the globe.
EFF16 Debate Description:
The EFF16 live debate, Learning Literacy by Design, will address ideas around learning literacy and how it can be adopted by education systems and citizens more generally.  Most of us are familiar with the traditional literacies associated with reading, writing and arithmetic.  We may also be aware of a growing need to think differently about technology, communications and other areas if we are to survive and thrive in our world today.
As change in our world comes ever faster, it seems we are having to learn about new things almost continuously, every day.  While we may all be born learners, learning quickly and judiciously is a skill and behaviour we must surely build upon and develop. If we go along with that thinking, it raises a series of questions.  What is learning literacy?  Can learning literacy be defined? Can it be designed into the school curriculum and beyond, for example in dealing with life’s challenges, as volunteers and in our work? Joseph Stiglitz reflected the essence of the idea, and the importance of citizens’ learning literacy when he said, "successful and sustained growth and development requires creating a learning society. Especially as we move towards a knowledge economy."
For more information on EFF16 Debate
To add your questions and comments to the debate via Twitter please use the #EFF16 hashtag.
Education Fast Forward (EFF) is a charity and their purpose is to develop and grow a global movement of teachers, students, leaders and policy makers who understand education’s challenges well and will support each other in tackling them and so will accelerate improvement of education and education’s systems so they move faster forward.

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