Strategic debates

 

 

Breaking barriers in education

The 2019 Strategic Debate series is dedicated to breaking barriers in education. During the course of the year, IIEP will welcome an array of speakers to come and explore questions such as, what will it take to remove all barriers and finally get all children and youth learning? What kinds of collaboration, innovation, and evidenced-based planning and policy-making can finally open the door to equal opportunity in education for all? The debates take place in Paris, France, at IIEP, in either English or French with simultaneous interpretation. All debates are also livestreamed online and available on our website and on YouTube after the event.


Join our Strategic Debates

  •  5 March 2019: Learning at the bottom of the pyramid
    with Dan Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy and professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania (keynote speaker), Jordan Nadoo, Director of the Division for Education 2030 Support and Coordination at UNESCO (discussant) and Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director of IIEP-UNESCO (moderator).
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View our past Strategic Debates

  • 13 February 2019: Education for 21st century children
    with Tracey Burns, senior analyst at OECD (speaker), Riel Miller, head of Futures Literacy at UNESCO (discussant), and Michaela Martin, programme specialist at IIEP (moderator).
    Watch the video of the debate | More information

 


2018 Strategic Debates

In 2018, IIEP's Strategic Debate series was on 'Meeting SDG 4’s learning objectives: looking beyond the obvious.' There is widespread recognition of the global learning crisis, with millions of children and youth unable to perform basic skills in reading, writing, and math. What is less clear is what children need to learn and how we can foster all-inclusive quality education for a rapidly changing future. In pursuit of SDG 4, we must look beyond the obvious and debate new ideas and strategies that will ultimately redefine learning while ensuring accessibility for all.

  • 23 February 2018: Social and emotional skills and the Education 2030 agenda
    with OECD’s Dirk Van Damme, IIEP’s Hugues Moussy (moderator) and Carmel Gallagher, from UNESCO IBE (discussant).
    Watch the video of the debate | Read the highlights

  • 12 March 2018: Higher Education as a common good
    with Simon Marginson, Professor and Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the University College of London, Michaela Martin, Programme Specialist at IIEP-UNESCO (discussant) and Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director of IIEP-UNESCO (moderator).
    Watch the video of the debate | Read the highlights 

  • 19 April 2018: The secrets behind the success of the world's education superpowers
    with author Lucy Crehan, on her recent book Cleverlands, Michaela Martin, Programme Specialist at IIEP-UNESCO (moderator) and Sonia Guerriero, Senior Education Specialist in the Section for Teacher Development at UNESCO (discussant).
    Watch the video of the debate | Read the Highlights "Three surprises in the world’s top education systems"

  • 2 May 2018: Overcoming Africa’s learning crisis
    with the World Bank.
    Watch the video of the debate | More information

  • 15 May 2018: Artificial Intelligence – Can Education Systems Anticipate the Challenges Ahead?
    with Stuart Elliott, Henry David Visiting Scholar, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Steven Vosloo, Senior Project Officer, Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, UNESCO (discussant) and Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director, IIEP-UNESCO (moderator).
    Watch the video of the debate | More information

  • 25 June 2018: It takes a village - and technology - to educate a child
    with Madhav Chavan, co-founder Pratham Education Foundation, Valtencir Mendes, Project Officer working on ICT in Education at UNESCO (discussant) and Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director of IIEP-UNESCO (moderator).
    Watch the video of the debate | More information

  • 15 November 2018: Lessons in educational policy-making: perspectives from two education ministers
    with Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the former Education Minister for France, Stefania Giannini, former Education Minister for Italy, who is now the Assistant-Director General for Education at UNESCO, and Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director of IIEP-UNESCO (moderator).
    Watch the video of the debate | More information