The Forum: three days to move the needle on SDG4
Following the format of Schools2030’s Three-Step Model for Educational Change (Assess, Innovate, Showcase) the three days of the Forum will each deep-dive into one of the steps through a series of moderated discussions and roundtable workshops, as participants look to take on the central question of the Forum and quite literally reimagine the role(s) of schools, systems and societies for the future of learning.
Day 1 will explore assessment and evidence in education, examining how teachers might be given the tools to measure what matters in their classrooms – not only traditional academic subjects, but important ‘soft skills’ like creativity, empathy or leadership. It also engages with several research partners (involved in Schools2030’s Research Workstream) to examine how they might best work with and for the schools themselves and disseminate their evidence to policymakers in a meaningful way that ensures uptake of their recommendations.
Day 2 will dive into how teachers and schools can be supported to design practices and strategies that will raise the holistic learning levels of their students. This could mean harnessing new or existing technology, or simply working with novel and playful ways of teaching their subjects, using the evidence gathered through the assessment phase of the programme.
Day 3 asks ‘so what?’ – namely, how can what works at school level be harnessed at policy level and ensure best practices throughout schools and education communities across the world, despite their varied challenges and contexts? Teachers from across the programme will share stories of the innovations that they have designed and implemented in their own schools and offer lessons learned to others who may be facing similar classroom challenges.
With only eight years to achieve what has been laid out in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Schools2030’s Global Forum marks an important moment to ensure that school actors and educators remain in dialogue with global education constituents, as well as at the forefront of education innovation and of providing policymakers with new, actionable evidence about how best to achieve quality, equitable education for all. The Schools2030 Global Forum in Tanzania captures an exciting moment on this journey, and acts as a platform for global education sector stakeholders to reflect, collaborate and share wisdom about ‘what works’ to improve quality learning for children across the world.