IIEP Strategic Debate: Education for 21st century children

29 January 2019

Watch the debate

In Englishhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OBxXE_XabY 

In Frenchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B0Lh3W-aZQ 

Access the presentation: https://box.iiep.unesco.org/index.php/s/C2fd6znifEi3ssd

The modern-day world has reshaped childhood. From advances in health care to the capabilities of new technology, children today are in many ways far better placed than previous generations. However, the fast pace of today’s world has also brought on new challenges. Reports indicate higher levels of stress and less sleep among today’s youth. New technologies – while being a source of opportunity – have also opened the door to new risks, such as cyber-bullying and screen addiction. How can education systems address these realities? How should education systems respond to the changing nature of childhood? 

For IIEP’s first Strategic Debate of the year, please join us in welcoming Tracey Burns, a Senior Analyst in OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. She will discuss how schools can work with parents and communities to protect and guide children, while also creating open and supportive school environments. She will also present new research on how these issues impact school planning, teaching, and learning at each stage of the education system.

Riel Miller, Head of Futures Literacy at UNESCO who has recently published the book Transforming the future: Anticipation in the 21st century, will also join the event as discussant, and Michaela Martin, a Programme Specialist at IIEP, will moderate.

Join us at IIEP in Paris, France or online by registering here.

When: 13 February 2019
4pm-6pm (CEST) followed by a light cocktail
Where: IIEP-UNESCO auditorium
7-9 rue Eugene Delacroix, 75116 Paris

Watch the webcast

Not in Paris? We will be livestreaming this debate in both English and French. Make sure to register here to receive a reminder and link to the livestream, which will begin at 4pm CEST time. The video will remain available on our website and on our YouTube channel after the event.


About the 2019 Strategic Debates: ‘Breaking barriers in education’

One in five children between the ages of 6 and 17 is out of school, according to estimates from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. In the world’s poorest countries, the figure rises to one in three. Furthermore, many of those who are in school are failing to learn the basics, with as many as 6 in 10 children of primary and lower secondary age not achieving minimum proficiency levels in mathematics and reading. 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?

About the speakers

Tracey Burns is a Senior Analyst in the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. She heads a portfolio of projects including Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning, 21st Century Children, and Trends Shaping Education. Until recently, she was also responsible for their work on Governing Complex Education systems. Before her time at the OECD, she worked on social determinants of health and well-being. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of British Colombia, Dr. Burns led a research team investigating newborn infants' responses to language, and was an award-winning lecturer on infant and child development. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including The University of British Colombia Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Awards. Tracey holds a B.A. from McGill University, Canada, and an M.A. and Doctor of Philosophy in psychology from Northeastern University, USA.

Riel Miller is a leading strategic foresight designer and practitioner. He is currently the Head of Futures Literacy at UNESCO. Previously, he worked as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; and Industry) and for some thirteen years at the OECD in Paris. In 2005, he founded an independent consultancy - xperidox, which means knowledge through experience - to advise clients on how to navigate the future more effectively. He is widely published on topics related to the future of innovation, research, finance, education, the Internet, and more. Most recently, he published the book Transforming the future: Anticipation in the 21st century.