OUR PRIORITIES

LearningPlanet is structured around 4 key priorities, each of which promotes a series of innovative and collaborative programmes.

1. Identification and dissemination of initiatives, methods and educational resources for collective problem solving

#LearningPlanet facilitates the dissemination of educational methods and resources that enable learners to tackle local or even global issues by developing skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, collective intelligence, creativity, learning by doing, social and emotional intelligence, reflexivity, systemic approaches, change management, frugal innovation, etc.

This axis is of particular interest to UNESCO and its networks of learning cities and schools, UNICEF LearnIn, World’s Largest Lesson & Project Everyone, Agence Française de Développement & AFD Campus, Digital Africa, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Ashoka international network, Club of Rome, #PlanetaryEmergency, Climate KIC, Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP), The NetEduProject and other Open Education stakeholders, the European Student Union (ESU) and many other student unions, Reboot the Future, Global Education Futures, University for the Planet (U4P), NESTA, the French Ministry of Education, LabXchange, leading universities and exemplary schools on all continents, etc.

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  • Assembling a selection of inspiring books, reports and conferences to reinvent schools and universities for the real challenges we face;
  • Bringing together toolkits to help organize activities relevant for developing skills necessary for confronting challenges;
  • Curriculum Builder: Development of tools and methodologies for crowdsourcing and presenting pedagogies and resources;
  • Development of learning communities to facilitate the appropriation of methods (Coming soon);
  • Crowdsourcing and organising conferences and workshops;
  • Prototyping of new, more lively and participatory forms of MOOC. The first #LearningPlanet MOODs - Massive Open Online Documentaries-Discussions-Discoveries - should be available in 2021. Stay tuned!

2. Celebration of Learning, the #LearningPlanet Festival & other events

Celebrating learning allows us to explore new ways of accessing knowledge, to nurture inspiration and to cultivate sharing, commitment and passion. In recent years, many cities, associations and school networks have organised events to celebrate lifelong learning. Inspired by these celebrations, #LearningPlanet wishes to contribute to making them known and to help amplify them throughout the world.

Each year, on the week of January 24, the International Day of Education, we are planning to synchronise the world around the celebration of formal and informal ways of learning to take care of oneself, others and the planet.

The first edition of the Festival took place in January 2020. In addition to a launch conference at UNESCO headquarters, bringing together innovative project leaders from all over the world, several dozen local events took place in France - organised by the Maison de l'Apprendre in Lyon, the Cercle APE in Sèvres, etc. - and in around ten other countries, notably under the aegis of the UNESCO network of learning cities. Find out more about the January 2020 edition

Actions For the second edition of the Festival, several novelties are planned:

  • The organisation of an online event throughout the day on 24 January, taking place over 24 hours, at all latitudes, following the example of other international days such as Earth Day 2020. This is the opportunity for members of the #LearningPlanet community to celebrate learning by offering multiple activities: lectures, debates, workshops, games, readings (including readings from the "Conversation with the Little Prince" writing competition), etc.

  • The creation and sharing by community members of a collection of #LP Festival toolkits, again offering a choice of educational and festive activities, allowing everyone to draw inspiration from what is being done elsewhere, to draw on these resources to build all or part of the programme of their own local festival (in their town, their school, their classroom...), but also, in return, to create and make available to the community their own toolkits, thus showing a real diversity of ways of celebrating learning.

Many events, orchestrated by all kinds of actors, are expected to take place next January. They will be relayed on the #LearningPlanet Festival website and by the entire community. The #LP Community will also ensure that other learning celebrations taking place throughout the year, can be identified and showcased on the website too.

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3. #LearningPlanet Open Campus, digital tools at the service of learning communities

#LearningPlanet contributes to the development of an open access digital campus to empower communities to learn, conduct research, evaluate their learning pathways, share knowledge, promote know-how and cooperate on projects.

On the #LearningPlanet Open Campus, learners will be able to :

  • access appropriate educational resources ;
  • create projects and learning paths that reflect their level and interests;
  • connect with other learners and mentors;
  • join other communities of learners;
  • participate in research and innovation projects contributing to SDGs.

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  • #LearningPlanet identifies and makes available open access tools developed by its members to foster collective intelligence and help learners find content, peers and mentors for specific challenges and actions (LearnIn, LabXchange).
  • #LearningPlanet develops its own dedicated digital tools necessary for its operation (Projects, WeLearn, #LP OpenID connect):
  • #LearningPlanet Projects to share educational projects
  • WeLearn, a knowledge GPS to crowdsource and qualify the best learning resources.
  • #LearningPlanet Open ID Connect to facilitate the interoperability of the different components of the Open Campus

4. Learners’ Voice and Youth Advocacy

Will kids be OK? With this question in mind, we are focusing a lot of our energy in advocating for children’s rights and children’s participation across the planet. We want to make sure that youth is involved in all decisions concerning their education and their future.

A Future for the World’s Children, a recent WHO-UNICEF-The Lancet report, calls for the creation of a global movement that would allow both to rethink the SDGs, translate them into effective children’s rights, and simultaneously to rewrite children’s rights in order to fully integrate the current situation (environmental, societal and sanitary crises, rising eco-anxiety, etc.). We are definitely looking into this!

We’ve just launched a first programme along these lines, in partnership with Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Labo des Histoires and UNESCO. “Conversation with The Little Prince” is a writing contest orchestrated in the 6 UN Languages that invites youth to creatively share their views, fears and hopes in these times of sanitary crisis and lockdown.