The children and youth of today are growing up in a world that is increasingly interconnected economically, politically and socially. In order to prepare students for the role they will soon take in society, today’s leaders must reevaluate the goals of education for the 21st century.
On March 25-27 2010, this challenge was addressed at “Education for What Ends? Preparing Children and Youth for an Interdependent World”, a Think Tank hosted by the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, bringing together over 150 educators, policy makers, business leaders and experts in the area of global education.
The conference highlighted social entrepreneurs as a source of innovative programs and methods for educators to incorporate as well as providing educational opportunities outside of the classroom. They are also credited for pushing new ways of thinking in education, including bringing new skills and competencies into the curriculum such as civil education and engagement.
Founder and CEO of Journey in Films, Joanne Ashe presented on the second day of the conference in a session on promoting understanding and tolerance in the world as a developing global competency. She joined with other non-profits to demonstrate the materials and programs already available and to give an insight into what the future of global education may be.
A published overview of the conference is available in PDF form.