Identifying how to make learning sustainable amid a global landscape that is set to look radically different after Covid-19 will be the focus for educators and school leaders from around the world when Qatar Foundation (QF) stages a unique edition of its Teaching & Learning Forum on October 11.
The virtual event, organised by the Education Development Institute (EDI) – part of Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education – is bringing together the local and international education community to discuss a series of issues that will be vital for both safeguarding and disrupting learning into the future.
Among the areas coming under the spotlight at the Teaching & Learning Forum 2020, are personalising teaching and learning; building inclusive, accessible learning communities; fostering wellbeing and a sense of community within education; and glocalising school curricula so that they blend global issues and local contexts. Educators will also discuss topic streams based around creatively identifying and solving problems, and the role of communication in learning.
“While Covid-19 has brought so much uncertainty to our world, it has also united people from different nations, cultures, and areas of expertise in seeking to find solutions to the challenges it has brought to us, and the field of education is no different,” said Buthaina Ali al-Nuaimi, president of Pre-University Education at QF.
“Through our Teaching & Learning Forum 2020, Qatar Foundation aims not just to start a conversation about how we can ensure learning emerges stronger from its Covid-19 experience, but to set in motion a collaborative search for tangible, practical, and actionable solutions that help to protect and transform one of the pillars of every society.”
The forum’s keynote speaker will be Prof Mel Ainscow, emeritus professor of Education at the University of Manchester, and an internationally-recognised authority on inclusion and equity in education, which he will say should be a central feature in any education system – particularly in difficult times.
The event will also include a Qatar Heads Summit, where more than 50 directors of schools from across Qatar will discuss challenges and opportunities around school management and share their views on the forum’s six topic streams. It will be followed by a learning event on November 29 when EDI will gather together the education community to develop practical approaches to making learning more sustainable, and learning systems less fragile.
“This year’s Teaching & Learning forum is being organised under very special circumstances, and its intended message is that collaboration across the education sector is crucial if we want to save teaching and learning from being disintegrated by the effects of Covid-19,” said Mehdi Benchaabane, director of EDI.