World Forum 2020

World Forum 2020

Draft

World Forum

Human Education in the 3-rd Millennium”

Delhi, India.

10 – 13 December, 2020

 

 

The World Forum is conceived as a global event dedicated to the discussion of educational policies, educational ideals and paradigms, as well as the international consolidation of the efforts of specialists from all over the world who are concerned about the current state of education and sees the necessity to counter the negative impacts of narrow minded and short-term competitive dry approach to education on human development and development of human society. The World Forum is aimed to develop a collective understanding, ideas and formulations that should be included in the text of the future globally relevant Declaration on Education (“Declaration on human education in the 3rd millennium”, tentatively adopted in 2021).

The planned number of invited participants is 250 people. The main thematic sections of the Forum cover four main thematic axes: Educational Policy; Being Human; Democracy; Education.

Prominent figures, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an honorary speaker, and other authors of enlightening vision of human nature, educational policy; democracy and educationwill make keynote addresses and speeches in plenary meetings. The proceedings of the Forum will include plenary meetings, section discussions and sessions in small groups, conducted through specially organized methods of interaction. Discussions in sections will be moderated by leading experts on topics and general moderators, sessions in small groups will be moderated by specially trained moderators.

Conceptial background of the World Forum

  • All around the world, education is widely proclaimed to be the central issue for society. But even in those countries, where education gets real increased attention and financial support along with control, it matters what  is meant by “education” and what forces and directions it serves.  

  • Today, as scientific and technological progress are increasing exponentially, and interdependence of the globalized world is become further entrenched, one of the main contributing factors to current global problems is not the lack of knowledge or capabilities. Rather it is the nature of people whose ‘hearts’ have not been educated due to the lack of human values by existing system of education.

  • The hidden curriculum of current education, influenced through educational policy by neoliberal ideology, promotes short-term competitive and dry ‘economic’ mentality, rationally selfish and narrow minded.

  • There is a need to discuss education in the modern world, engaging with a broad range of perspectives from across the globe, including West and East and the often overlooked South. We will be striving to escape an approach of standardization, bearing in mind the different historical and theoretical perspectives and contexts of different traditions and the entire diversity expressed in local contexts, with the differences in terms of gender, race, and social strata, are emphasized in policies and practices of education.

  • Rapid global changes affect the identity of being humans (i.e. who human beings are and how we ought to live) and therefore, we must constantly raise questions concerning the kind of world we are building together.

  • The foundation of the Forum will be the philosophy of education and interdisciplinary thinking, that reconsider our notions of human, determining the renewal, direction and agenda of human education. Through such inquiry we will be seeking to establish common understandings of what are the proper human dimensions of education, especially in terms of posthuman perspectives.

  • The range of participants will include philosophers, scholars, teachers, faculties, policy-makers of education, educational NGO’s members, representing all continents, diverse cultural regions, all or most countries, countries, different philosophical and scientific directions, various pedagogical movements.

PROGRAM draft

 

(Keynote speakers are in the process of identification and negotiation)

 

10 December, 2020

9 am – 13 pm

General Plenary Session

 

Agenda and mission of the World Forum

What we are not satisfied with in the systems of education?

The current situation of teaching practice and educational process (Keynote speech)

Educational policies in the world (Keynote speech)

Neoliberalism as a political, societal phenomenon and ideology (Keynote speech)

Civilizational and cultural challenges and responsibility of education (Keynote speech)

Education and concerns of societal world and natural environment: democracy under attack and homocene threats (Keynote speech)

 

14 am – 18 pm

General Plenary Session

 

What we are striving for in education in the world?

The issue of human nature (Keynote speech)

The human place in the contemporary cosmos (Keynote speech)

Creating a society through education (Keynote speech)

The education of our dreams. Making dreams come true (Keynote speech)

 

11 December, 2020

9 am – 10 am

Plenary meetings in the 4 thematic sections,

Keynote speeches on educational policy; being human; democracy; education in the relevant sections

10 am – 13 pm

Sessions in small groups and workshops.

Discussion of specific topics within 4 thematic sections.

14 pm – 15 pm

Plenary meetings in the 4 thematic sections,

Keynote speeches on educational policy; being human; democracy; education in the relevant sections

15 pm – 18 pm

Sessions in thematic sections

Discussion of specific topics within the thematic sections based on the results of discussions in small groups and workshops.

 

12 December, 2020

9 am – 10 am

Plenary meetings in the 4 thematic sections,

Keynote speeches on educational policy; being human; democracy; education in the relevant sections

10am – 13 pm

Sessions in small groups and workshops.

Discussion of specific topics within 4 thematic sections.

14 pm – 15 pm

Plenary meetings in the 4 thematic sections,

Keynote speeches on educational policy; being human; democracy; education in the relevant sections

15 pm – 18 pm

Sessions in thematic sections

Discussion of specific topics within the thematic sections based on the results of discussions in small groups and workshops.

Summarizing the results of discussions.

 

 

13 December, 2020

9 am – 10 am

General Plenary Session

 

Education as a universal right and common responsibility of humanity. (Keynote speech)

10 am – 13 pm

General Plenary Session

 

Discussion of of the main ideas and proposals for the Declaration based on the discussions in the thematic sections.

14 pm – 16 pm

General Plenary Session

 

Discussion of the main ideas and proposals for the Declaration based on the discussions in the thematic sections.

16 pm – 18 pm

General Plenary Session

 

Closing speeches.

Summing up the World Forum.