LearningPlanet Festival

from 24 to 27 January 2024

The LearningPlanet Festival is back. Join us in building a Learning Planet

Known throughout the world for celebrating learning and uniting to transform education, we are excited to bring you the 5th edition of the LearningPlanet Festival, from 24th to 27th January, 2024.

Our festival kicks off by bringing together the global learning community – Planetizens Unite! – to mark International day of Education on 24th Jan, an event that saw more than 60,000 of you celebrating learning to take care of oneself, each other, and our planet last year, and promises to be even greater in 2024!

Our annual gathering continues with 3-days (25-27th January) dedicated to reinventing learning in the 21st century. Our aim is to foster human flourishing and a thriving environment. Under the theme Architects for Tomorrow: Building a Learning Planet, our team is already planning a rich programme with a special emphasis on three core dimensions: Intergenerational Societies, Lifelong Learning, and truly Transformative Action. 

This year again, we’re inviting the members of our LearningPlanet Alliance and all change agents from education, communities, governments, businesses and grass-roots organisations to join us in creating an even more exciting Festival.

During our 4 days together, we expect more than 500 physical, digital and hybrid partner-led events, including hackathons, conferences, workshops, performances, and screenings, that together make up the LearningPlanet Festival.  We can’t wait to see you there!

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LearningPlanet Festival

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Jan 17, 2024 - 08:00

Human Centered Design

Workshop | On-site event | Arabe
  • Social Innovation
  • Lifelong Learning
Mohammad Issa

Mohammad Issa, President Creativity Lab for Empowerment and Innovation

Our 2024 Festival Focus

Uniting to Transform Education – the LearningPlanet Alliance’s mission – has been embodied in previous years’ festivals by bringing together the global education and learning community and ensuring youth inclusion and active participation in all gatherings.

For this 5th edition, we seek to stretch beyond these actions in putting a special focus on 3 critical areas: Intergenerational Societies, Transformative Action and Life-Long Learning, and as such, use the Festival to unite and bring together a wider range of actors, all the Learning Planetizens!

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The Festival programme starts on the International Day of Education, Wednesday 24 January, and runs until Saturday 27 January, but we know the transformation and gathering never stops. This is why we will, once again, extend the Festival programme dates from 17 to 31 January, to take into account different holiday periods and activities, especially for those partners in the Southern hemisphere.

This Festival is yours and now is the time to start designing your events and contacting speakers and guests.

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Our 2024 Programme Preview

While the collective elaboration of the 2024 edition will progress in the coming weeks, and will fully take shape by early January, we are happy to give you a sneak preview of what is being built.

International Day of Education, 24 January 2024, all day

Learning to take care of oneself, others and the planet

Planetizens Unite! To mark International day of Education on 24th January, in close partnership with UNESCO, the LearningPlanet Festival is the annual gathering of the Alliance and of the educational community at large: teachers’ networks, universities, students and youth movements, artists, activists, institutions, social entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies… With 500+ physical, online and hybrid events organised by hundreds of partners, it has become the global event to showcase transformation efforts, join forces on ideas, share data and learnings, and to celebrate and power up our education transformation ambitions.

This year again, we welcome all planetizens to join us in equipping ourselves with the learnings and education needed to protect and nourish us as individuals, as active members in society, and as inhabitants of our planet.

This day is yours to celebrate and events you will be creating with your communities will help make the January 2024 edition even greater and an opportunity for new collaborations, and a launchpad for your initiatives. 

LP Vision, 24 January 2024 Architects for Tomorrow: Building a Learning Planet

On the International Day of Education 2024, our special 4-hour LP Vision* features Thought Leaders and Deliverers – Architects for Tomorrow – to illustrate where great ideas have been taken from vision to reality, thus already contributing to Building a Learning Planet with a focus on our three core dimensions: 

For Living (Society, Environment, Economy, Ecosystems, Health & Well-being)

For Learning (K-12, Higher Education, and Lifelong)

For Working (Business, Social enterprise, Not-for-Profit) 

Stay tuned. More information coming soon.  

*LP Vision is the LearningPlanet Alliance’s ‘searchlight’: scanning the globe for innovative ways of teaching and learning, notably by using digital tools and technologies to create new education narratives. Learn more about this series here

LearningPlanet Assembly, 25-27 January 2024: From Citizenship to Planetizenship

For 3 days, the LP Assembly is the opportunity for Festival partners to connect and contribute to transforming education, and to enrich our wider communities. Through enlightening online gatherings and workshops, mini-keynotes, real-world examples, and curated discussions, we will ignite ideas, showcase member expertise, and foster valuable connections. Join us in shaping the future of education at the LearningPlanet Assembly, where collaboration sparks transformation.

With a range of allies, we already are in the mood for advancing impactful initiatives such as:

The Planetizen University – learn more

Youth Fellows – join the Youth Fellows

Ikigai+ – Find out more about this innovative online training programme

Intergenerational Leadership – learn more in our Intergenerational convening guide

Learning Ecosystems – learn more, and read our latest research report

Teachers for the Planet – learn more, discover the repository (coming soon)

Imagination in Every Classroom – learn more

And many more that we look forward to building out with you:

  • Social Emotional Learning 
  • Peaceful Futures – learn more (coming soon)
  • Ubuntu Learning
  • AI-powered Education, Ethics and the Future of Democracy
  • Planetizen Arts / Arts for the Planet
  • Greening School Grounds and Outdoor Learning

We are only in the first phase of the LearningPlanet Assembly’s 3-day programme design. More detailed information will be available towards the end of November. Meanwhile, please contact us if you want to make suggestions and/or contribute to the above topics.

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Our 2024 Programme Preview

While the collective elaboration of the 2024 edition will progress in the coming weeks, and will fully take shape by early January, we are happy to give you a sneak preview of what is being built.

Learn more about the previous Festival editions

Melati Riyanto Wijsen

Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags - Youthtopia

Jack Manning Bancroft

Founder and CEO, AIME

Rt Hon. Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister, New Zealand. Board Chair, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health,

Michael Bäcklund

President, Climate Science

Nusrat Durrani

Strategic Advisor and FilmMaker, Nusrat Durrani Inc

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Emmaryn Leuzzi

Programmes Officer (Environment and Climate Action), All-Africa Students Union

William Kennedy

Senior Programme Officer, UN Office for Partnerships

Sebastian Berger

Executive Director, Global Student Forum

Märt Aro

Co-Founder, Nordic EdTech Forum - N8 & DreamApply.com

Celia Hodent

Gaming User Experience Designer and Cognitive Psychology expert, Formerly at Ubisoft, LucasArts, and Epic Games (Fortnite)

Professor Angela Owusu-Ansah

Provost, Ashesi University

David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Ministry of Education Sierra Leone

Victoria Haro

Co-founder & Director, Universidad del Medio Ambiente, Mexico (University of the Environment)

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

Co-President, Club of Rome, Club of Rome

Kate Raworth

Author of Doughnut Economics and Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab, DEAL

Runa Khan

Founder and Executive Director, Friendship

Anil Gupta

Founder, Honey bee Network

Kim Stanley Robinson

Science fiction writer,

Karima Kadaoui

Co-Founder and Executive President, Tamkeen Community Foundation for Human Development, Tamkeen Community Foundation for Human Development

Kiran Bir Sethi

Founder, Riverside School, Design for Change, India

Kenneth Kwok

Founder and CEO, KIDsforSDGs and Global Citizen Capital