International Summit: „Challenges in education and culture policy"
LitCam teamed up with the Frankfurt Book Fair on 8 October 2014 to host the first international summit "Challenges in Education and Culture Policyâ". This event brought together politicians and academics to discuss the most important challenges facing education and culture.
The key to developing our societies in a globalised and digitised world is international exchange on the subject of education. Mastering the cultural changes that have emerged in the digital age is a task that can only be accomplished if the political and economic worlds work together.
The summit focused on two of today's most pressing issues: One of the biggest challenges facing education policy is finding a way to integrate people with migrant backgrounds, as well as the growing numbers of refugees. How can the children of migrants be integrated into the educational system? In his keynote speech, Prof. Pasi Sahlberg, Harvard University, former director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation under the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, provided a status report on education in different countries. He presented why Canada, Finland, New Zealand and Korea are the top performer in education policy. They scored best in education quality and education equity. Finland reached this by recruiting the best teachers and equal opportunities to learn. And these points are relevant for the children of refugees and migrants too.
The theme went to praxis in the following talk between the Minister of Education of Malta, Evarist Bartolo and Pasi Sahlberg, moderated by BBC editor Matthew Anderson.
Malta has a very high rate of refugees in its small country and faces a lot of challenges to educate the children from many different countries.
After this talk the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, YOO Jeong-Bok, invited the participants with a small speech to the lunch break. The second part of the summit addresses cultural and educational policy as a responsibility of both the political and economic spheres. How important are Public Private Partnerships (PPP)? How essential are private companies when it comes to mastering the challenges of the future?
In his keynote, Jens Nymand Christensen, Deputy Director-General in DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, presented an outlook on the EU cultural and educational policy with regards to funding. A panel discussion followed, in which Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture in Georgia, Dr. Bruno Gross, CFO Goethe Institute, Dr. Andreas Görgen, Director General Culture and Communication, Federal Foreign Office and Frank Bolten, Head of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung shared their thoughts on the need.
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