About the LearningPlanet Festival

The LearningPlanet Festival is a place to share, connect and celebrate. As Ibrahima Guimba Saidou states, "it is a matter of togetherness (...) We need to focus on converging, on pulling our resources together and working as one: it's really about having one team. We only have one planet, so we need to all focus on making this planet a better place to live”. To build convergence, to allow collective intelligence, we need to gather and discuss. This is the first raison d’être of the Festival: bringing more and more education pioneers together in the same space - whether physical or and/or virtual  - to share experiences and ideas, to scale successful experiments and proven methods, to spread learnings and dreams beyond boundaries. Once connected, the changemakers are the backbone of a global ecosystem of support and collaboration between local players over the long term.

The Festival also has the ambitious aim of contributing to build a new understanding of what education is, one that is more collective and collaborative, and less competitive. The new narratives that are being shared at the LearningPlanet Festival provide a broader picture that expands learning to non-traditional disciplines, alternative methodologies and experimental approaches. Our common purpose is to transform initiatives into sustainable systems open and available for all. Olivier Bréchard sums it up: our vision is “to respond collectively to the complex issues raised by the transition, to support youth in their commitment and the education system in its transformation.”

Valerie Hannon asserts it bluntly: “We have recognised that we are wrecking our planet and that we cannot thrive if our planet does not. If we fry the planet, we are toasted.” Therefore, the goal of this radical transformation of education that drives us at the Festival and our 300+ partners around the world is peace, inclusivity, health and well-being for all, enforceable rights for the youth and sustainability for the planet.

Just over the weekend Almaaz and I were part of a model UN conference hosted by the LearningPlanet, it’s nice to interact with people from all over the world! Only possible due to LearningPlanet and Youth Council - Awesome experience

Karan Chakravarthy
LearningPlanet Festival 2022

“I love the fact that the Festival stayed true to its aim; it was truly a festival for everyone.”

A youth speaker at The Dais gamechanger awards session
LearningPlanet Festival 2022

“It's easy for the things that we together are promoting (transformation of education, localization, situatedness, interconnections, relations) to become clichés, and your session did a great job avoiding this - through excellent speakers providing impressive examples in a deeply felt way. Thank you very much!”

Alexander Leicht
LearningPlanet Festival 2022

Hear more about the Festival directly from our partners

Valerie Hannon, Co-Chair, Global Education Leaders Partnership

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We need to find new ways of talking about learning and thriving that capture people's attention. The idea you are putting forth, of how we celebrate a learning planet, will go some way towards doing that. I think it is really really essential that we start to create a different narrative around what education is, a different discourse that gives us a different set of goals.

François Taddei, Founder & President of the Learning Planet Institute

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The learning planet dream is to empower everyone to be able to learn. Not only to learn as individuals but also to learn as collective, and to learn as collective at all scales from the very local to the global. It is a dream where everyone will learn to care of oneself, others and the planet, and will learn to be able to change the way one looks at the world and the perspective that we have, so that we can collectively tackle our most pressing challenges.

Ibrahima Guimba Saidou, Minister Special Advisor to President of Niger and CEO of National Agency for Information Society (ANSI)

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The “planet movement” has to be comprehensive. We need to make sure that people who live in the most remote areas on the globe are reached; then those people can get the chance not only to be exposed and learn from what has been done elsewhere but also to contribute. How can we make sure that we have a good network of organisations that are doing great things individually; pulling this collective intelligence into a single platform, into a network where we can learn from one another, where we can leverage what all the players have done?

Pavel Luksha, Director, Global Education Futures

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The idea of connecting grassroots and system players, creating a middle ground, is absolutely necessary. We need to identify the solutions that work in the middle ground. One of the aspects of these solutions is that they cannot be “one size fits all”: they have to be place-tuned. Thus, we need local groups working with specific cities, specific situations, and we need to create a learning ecosystem that is specific to that region. What we need is a combination of local opportunities and a team that has a strong local identity, that is rooted in the place, and a global movement that supports it all the time.