Demain

Tomorrow…

How can we reinvent education? Better said, how could we reinvent the world with education? A tremendous question raised by the best selling documentary “Demain” and a disappointing solution: Finland. Not that Finland is disappointing (see one of my past blog entry) but after nearly two hours of film talking about innovative solutions for the energy, the economy, the agriculture, the democracy, you could have expected something more than the so famous Finnish case. Being a reference for the OECD is not necessarily a guarantee of deep transformation. Democratic schools, escuelas nuevas, green schools… and hundreds of teachers that reinvent education every day out of passion and commitment could have been featured in the documentary. Tomorrow’s education is much more than giving more autonomy to principals and teachers. Education is a promise for tomorrow.

 

a documentary by Cyrille Dion and Mélanie Laurent

a documentary by Cyrille Dion and Mélanie Laurent

Years ago, I was asked by UNESCO to prepare a street chidren educator’s handbook. I asked whether UNESCO and the educators really needed one more manual that was likely to end up unused in the basement of ministries. What could it mean to educate street children? How come could street children engage into education when their lives were about daily survival.? If your main concern is what you will eat and where you will sleep the same evening, how can you prioritize education?

Learners require a vision of the future, not the immediate future but a long term perspective. The objective was then changed. We launched a project to give street children an understanding of the future so that they could understand what education could do for them and their future.

P.A.U. Education started working with street children educators designing a project entitled: the white book of our future. The idea was simple: enable street children to write and publish a book about their future. After 9 months of participatory work with street children in Mali, Honduras or Egypt, books were published. Children “with no name” were credited as “authors”. Invisible children gained recognition and a presence they never had until then. In Mali a law acknowledging their rights was passed.

Education is a promise of a better tomorrow but children needs to be guided to understand what tomorrow could mean for them. This is what innovation in education is about.

Tomorrow… Demain… Now!

A conversation on education

There are many websites, newsletters and journals on innovation and education. I had the chance, for the last 15 years at P.A.U. Education, to be part of some of them.  For all of them, we pretended to be the “single gateway”, the “community meeting point”, the “platform for exchange”, the “reference”. Retrospectively, reading these sentences make me feel overpromising (to say the least). How could we pretend “centralizing” a global movement leading to digital education when innovation in education is mostly ruled by a decentralized agenda: anywhere, anyone, anytime.

How can we support this “decentralized” movement? How can we join the many practitioners and educators that passionately work for a change in education?

Creating a conversation on education! No more and no less.

The need for conversation is growing and we all need a place to share our visions, practices and perspectives on the way education is changing.

This is why I have decided to launch the Open Education Studio. It’s a space to spread out innovation in education.

 

The Open Education Studio is an invitation to change, a place where innovations in education can be shared, and where the dialogue can be enhanced.

The Open Education Studio is driven by thoughts and experiences from inspired practitioners. None can pretend to teach, or preach. All join the studio to share, listen, inspire and be inspired.

The Studio is an open place where teachers, educators, practitioners, entrepreneurs, publishers, industry or policymakers “speak freely and candidly” and tell the truth about their practices, ideas and desires, frustrations, expectations, and more.

Joining the Open Education Studio means directly cutting into old practices and conventions and making innovation available and accessible to all.

See you there!

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