THEMES 2020

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4 November 2020

STEAM 4 EDUCATION

The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics were lacking an essential component for teaching young adults before the 21st century. By adding the interdisciplinary, holistic, and abstract approach of the arts, STEM turned into STEAM. This approach was meant to encourage critical and out-of-the-box thinking and support a creative approach to problem-solving. STEAM education combines the practical, business approach with the abstract, academic strategies of education.
One important aspect of STEAM is that it highlights issues of gender inequality and social inclusiveness. There are many reasons why women are not represented in the same degree as men are in the fields of STEM, such as missing role models, or gender stereotypes. The addition of the A, however, is a first step in fighting this issue.
The focus of this session will be on exploring and discussing solutions for developing the next generation of STEAM skilled (female) talent necessary to drive innovation and economic growth. If properly education in STEAM and equipped with the right digital tools at an early stage, the next 21st century generation will be able to reduce gender gaps and secure participation of all genders in an inclusive society and economy.

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5 November 2020

GREEN EDUCATION

Growing concerns about climate change, environmental degradation and scarcity of resources are changing the nature of work and life. Technological progress aligned with sustainability issues requires the need to explore and develop “Green Education” that not only focuses on sustainable production and frugal living but also helps to overcome environmental challenges in a systematic way. Especially TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) and related transformations of TVET and Lifelong Learning can play a fundamental and crucial role in this context.
This session will take participants through the need for greening education and discuss successful TVET approaches that can be taken to translate “education for green growth and sustainability” into action. The session is dedicated to knowledge sharing on greening education including topics such as ecologising curriculum, greening of courses and challenge individuals to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns, opportunities and solutions.

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6 November 2020

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The 4th Industrial Revolution is changing the world around us. Digital innovations, the internet of things and big data are driving globalization beyond borders and impact the global economy, the environment, labour markets and the societies. Intellectual intensive jobs will be impacted just as much as shop floor activities and modern manufacturing. Education and skills development from primary school to life-long learning, as well as partnerships at all levels, and within all sectors, are in high demand all around the globe. Individuals will need to be well educated and highly trained in new technologies, as well as the values associated with using those technologies.
This session will elaborate on the question of how to move education forward in the digital era and how to leverage partnerships between education, business and organisations to leapfrog digital skills gaps globally for the benefit of inclusive global growth.