2018 Strategic Debates: Looking beyond the obvious

09 February 2018

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.

To help advance these conversations, IIEP is pleased to announce its 2018 Strategic Debate series. Under the title, Meeting SDG 4’s learning objectives: looking beyond the obvious, an array of experts in the education field will come to IIEP over the coming months to debate salient issues around SDG 4 and put forth new solutions and ideas on what is really required to make this bold vision for education a reality.

The debates will 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.

We’ll be updating our calendar of events over the coming weeks. However, we already have a line up in the making and hope you – as a member of the IIEP community – can follow this Debate series either online or attend in Paris at the IIEP headquarters.


Join the first debate – 23 February 2018

OECD’s Dirk Van Damme will be the keynote speaker for our first Debate on Friday, 23 February 2018. He will share a new project to improve the measuring of emotional and social skills of school-aged children. 

Make sure to register to attend quickly as seats will fill up soon!


And stay tuned for more details on these Debates by registering here for our e-alert:


Follow the Debates live!

We invite you to also view our previous Strategic Debates on our YouTube playlist.

Follow all of our Strategic Debates on Twitter via @IIEP_UNESCO and with the #StrategicDebate.