Learning to take care of oneself, others and the planet
22 - 29 January 2022

The #LearningPlanet Festival is back!

We are excited to invite you to join the #LearningPlanet Festival and celebrate the International Day of Education, 24th January 2022! The 2022 edition of the #LearningPlanet Festival (22nd to 29th January) features a rich programme of local events and online activities. It builds on the need to learn to take care of oneself, others and the planet through fostering a culture of hope, collective engagement and sustainability.

Co-creation is at the core of this global event, featuring a wide range of organisations alongside the #LearningPlanet community. The Festival itself is an open platform to celebrate and share projects and achievements and to co-create better futures together. It is open to passionate learners of all ages - youth, teachers, educators, artists, scientists, social entrepreneurs, policymakers and more.

You’ll find an overview of the programme below and stay tuned as the calendar is evolving fast and this page is updated regularly!

Get involved!

We invite you to submit your own projects, activities and challenges. All proposals that allow participants to experience collaborative, engaging, and “meaningfun" learning are welcome, including: youth-led events, conferences, interviews, workshops, artistic performances and more!

Discover the day-by-day topics of the Festival

The programme is designed to give, each day, an accent to a topic that is at the core of the #LearningPlanet initiative, but you will also find elements of these tracks appearing regularly throughout the week.

22 Jan - Official Launch of the Festival: a celebratory roundtable organised by #LearningPlanet founders, CRI and UNESCO, to launch the 3rd edition of the Festival and kick off the week’s global events. The opening remarks will be followed by a gathering of the recently elected #LearningPlanet Youth Council.

22 - 23 Jan: Two days dedicated to youth empowerment; to activate and advance youth’s initiatives, dreams and aspirations, with contributions from the #LearningPlanet Youth Council and Fellows, AIME Mentoring, The Dais, KIDsforSDGs, Youth by Youth and other partners.
Sessions will include games, hackathons and interviews to enable youth to:

  • build and strengthen bridges between youth movements, institutions and local authorities, and
  • highlight their genuine talents, values and their incredible energy towards policy decision-making and system change in the realm of their rights, education, the environment, health and wellbeing.

24 Jan: Celebrating the International Day of Education: This day celebrates learning throughout life! Its aim is to co-create new narratives around futures based on shared wisdom and collective engagement. Sessions will include:

  • Keynote talks and discussions with global educators, influencers and activists,
  • The #LearningPlanet Festival World Tour, an immersive experience that celebrates the diversity of the community and creates dialogue around the Festival’s core themes,
  • Live artistic and interactive experiences.

25 Jan: Learning for Sustainability: Exploring how learning processes and all types of education must evolve to meet the magnitude and complexity of today’s sustainability challenges. The day focuses on boosting learning for sustainability and enhancing education initiatives through conferences and co-created sessions with the Club of Rome, Earthday.org, EIT Climate KIC, Earthshot, The World’s Largest Lesson, and other partners.

26 Jan: Transitions in Education: How can we design new approaches to education at all ages, in schooling systems and across learning environments? Key highlights include a Transitions in Higher Education hackathon with Ashoka U and Dartington Hall, roundtables on learning cities and ecosystems, and more.

27 Jan: New Models for Social Change: A series of events with social entrepreneurs from various networks such as Ashoka and Catalyst 2030 to design new approaches in sectors such as education, well-being, healthcare and beyond.

28 Jan: Arts in Education: Understanding the key role art plays in supporting and stimulating development in learners of all ages. The day features interactive workshops and activities led notably by the Community Arts Network (CAN) and the REAL School Budapest.

29 Jan, and onwards: The learning and exploring never stops! Stay tuned for more information.

Calling all teachers and students: Share your dream lesson!

What would you choose to teach to inspire fellow teachers and students?

We’re seeking dream lessons from around the globe to build our Dream Lesson map - a source of teaching inspiration, available to all, that will be showcased during the #LearningPlanet Festival (22nd to 29th of January).

Participation is free and easy. Teach your dream lesson on the International Day of Education, and #LearningPlanet will help you share it with the world.

What's going on?
Get inspired by some confirmed Festival events

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the goal of the #LearningPlanet Festival?

Organised around the celebration of the International Day of Education (24th January), the Festival welcomes everyone who is passionate about learning and provides them a space to interact, engage and collaborate. Its purpose is to provide an open platform to celebrate and share projects and achievements with a global community, and to co-create better futures together.

When and where is the Festival taking place?

The Festival will be taking place all around the world featuring both online and local on-site activities from 22nd to 29th January 2022, surrounding the celebration of the International Day of Education on 24th January 2022. The detailed programme will be made available on our website in due course.

Who is it for?

The Festival unites a diverse community of passionate learners of all ages and countries:

  • youth, teachers, educators, artists, scientists, social entrepreneurs, policymakers and more - to share ideas and experiences, showcase inspiring solutions, and feel empowered to come together around shared challenges.

  • Organisations (schools, universities, associations, NGOs, local authorities, etc.) are welcome to host their own activities and sessions.

Click here to complete the registration form in case you wish to host an event.

How can I participate as a teacher?

You and your students are invited to share your dream lesson with the world! What would you choose to inspire and excite fellow teachers and students around the globe as part of a celebration of education and learning?

Participation is free, easy, and open to all teachers and students, and all lessons will be included in our global Dream Lesson map - a source of teaching inspiration, available to all, and showcased during the #LearningPlanet Festival.

Click here to learn more and participate.

What is the International Day of Education?

On 3rd December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with consensus a resolution proclaiming 24th January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

By doing so, the international community reiterated that education plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies, and contributes to the achievement of all other Sustainable Development Goals as it dedicated a special day to celebrate education worldwide.

UNESCO, as the specialized United Nations agency for education, facilitates the annual observance of the Day in close collaboration with main education actors.

Click here for more information.

How can I get involved in the Festival?

You can join the Festival as a participant or contribute actively by organising an online session or a local event with your community throughout the week of January 22nd-29th.

Click here if you are interested in setting up an event.

Is the #LearningPlanet Festival an open event?

Yes! Not only is the Festival an open event, but it is 100% co-constructed by the #LearningPlanet community and beyond.

Why should I organise an event at the Festival?

By planning an event during the Festival and actively taking part in the programme you will:

  • access a global community of passionate educators and changemakers,
  • network with peers and like-minded learning communities,
  • share ideas and experiences,
  • experiment new ways of learning, teaching, mobilising collective intelligence,
  • get the opportunity to discover and/or present inspiring initiatives/solutions,
  • contribute to the global education agenda.
What kind of sessions are allowed at the Festival?

All formats of sessions are accepted at the Festival. We recommend your session to be as interactive as possible. Possible formats include master classes, round tables, interactive workshops, hackathons, games, artistic, sportive and well-being activities, concerts, exhibitions, etc.

What language will the Festival be in? Can I submit an event in any language?
  • The majority of online sessions, as well as the communication for the Festival, will be in English or French.
  • However, you are welcome to organise online and local events in any language.
Will the #LearningPlanet team help me communicate about my event?
  • Given the number of events, each partner organisation is in charge of communicating about its own activities as part of the Festival.

  • A communications kit including templates, posts, hashtags and announcements in English and French will be shared with you in the near future, so that you can reach out to your communities well in advance.

Will #LearningPlanet provide financial support?

As the #LearningPlanet Festival is distributed and co-created with hundreds of partners, we are not able to offer any financial support for events.

How to become an official partner of the #LearningPlanet Festival?

There are different ways in which you can become an official partner of the Festival.

  • For sponsoring, please reach out to Partnership Manager Leonora Dowley
  • For media partnerships, please reach Editorial Manager Réka Lodinsky
  • For any other specific event partnerships, please reach Community Engagement Manager Pauline Laravoire
Who are the #LearningPlanet members?
Who are the founding partners of the #LearningPlanet Festival?

The #LearningPlanet Festival was launched by CRI and UNESCO on 24th January 2020.

How can I become a member of the #LearningPlanet community beyond the #LearningPlanet Festival?

Please consult the ‘Join Us’ page on the website for further information.

(Re)discover the previous editions of the Festival!

Launched in 2020 by CRI and UNESCO and co-organised globally with hundreds of leading organisations from the worlds of art, science, education, social entrepreneurship, etc., the annual #LearningPlanet Festival aims to synchronise the world around the celebration of the International Day of Education.

In 2021, in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, the Festival went online: 250 sessions were co-organised with participants from 100+ countries, addressing topical issues around learning for sustainable development, redesigning schools with children, creating learning ecosystems, futures of education, etc.

We thoroughly enjoyed this collective experience and invite you here to discover highlights of these past editions.

Founding Partners