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The 2022 Educaid.be international conference will focus on the cross-impact of climate change and education, and how teachers, trainers, school management, parents and learners face together this humanitarian and global crisis. Through presentations by an expert panel and by zooming in on concrete situations, the 2022 Educaid.be conference aims to contribute to an improved understanding of its members and other interested parties of these complex issues.

What is the impact of climate change on education and what is the impact of education on climate change?

In 2021, UNICEF published a report showing that the climate crisis is first and foremost a crisis of children's rights and that 1 billion children live in one of the 33 countries classified as 'at very high risk' of being exposed to multiple climate and environmental shocks. 

A study by the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) shows that children bear the brunt of climate change. For example, a child born today will experience on average almost three times as many crop failures as a child born 60 years ago.  

The conference will stimulate discussions around the local, national and international responses needed to focus on strengthening education systems and the well-being of our learners, students, teachers and trainers with a special focus on the most vulnerable. Speakers from different continents and from different perspectives and backgrounds will be heard during this conference. We want to show that education can also be a part of the solution and that if children and young people learn how to build a sustainable future, it will only have positive consequences for everyone.

DAY 1 | Thursday 20 October 2022

Programme under construction. High level interventions will be added.

13:00-13:30 (GMT+2)

Welcome & Introduction

Ruben van der Laan
Ruben van der Laan
Overall moderator
Sven Rooms
Sven Rooms
General Director | VVOB - education for development
(in person)
Stephan Plumat
Stephan Plumat
General Director | APEFE
(in person)
13:30-14:00 (GMT+2)

Keynote

Daniella Tilbury
Daniella Tilbury
Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations | HM Government of Gibraltar
(online)
14:00-15:30 (GMT+2)

Panel discussion

Daniella Tilbury
Daniella Tilbury
Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations | HM Government of Gibraltar
(online)
Raquel Fratta
Raquel Fratta
Leader of Initiatives for the New Economy | Moisés Bertoni Foundation - Paraguay
(online)
Cecilia Vaca Jones
Cecilia Vaca Jones
Strategic consultant in social policies, Former Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and EdHeroes Advisory Board member
(online)
Cécile Martin-Phipps
Cécile Martin-Phipps
Director | l’Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD)
(online)
15:30-16:00 (GMT+2)

Break

16:00-17:30 (GMT+2)

Session A : Teachers for Climate Action (by APEFE, IFADEM, OIF, VVOB and Education International)

Transforming education systems towards climate activism, cases from South-Africa, Senegal and a global perspective

Lainie Keper
Lainie Keper
Research, Policy, and Advocacy Coordinator | Education International
(in person)
Asmita Rajaram
Asmita Rajaram
S-Cool-Links Coordinator | VVOB - education for development
(in person)
Shanu Misser
Shanu Misser
National Coordinator | Fundisa for Change programme based at the South African National Biodiversity Institute
(online)
Ablaye Dia
Ablaye Dia
Head of the Training Division at the Ministry of National Education and Programme Coordinator at IFADEM Senegal
(online)
Ngossé Fall
Ngossé Fall
Inspector of Secondary Education, School Life Section | Inspection d'Académie de Thiès
(online)
17:30-19:00 (GMT+2)

Reception (In person | Registration required to avoid food waste)

DAY 2 | 21 October 2022

Programme under construction. High level interventions will be added.

13:00-13:15 (GMT+2)

Welcome & Introduction

Ruben van der Laan
Ruben van der Laan
Overall moderator
13:15-14:30 (GMT+2)

Session B : Eco-friendly & climate resilient education environment : a showcase of greenovations in Enabel's portfolio

Making schools more eco-friendly and better adapted to climate change, both in terms of infrastructure and learning contents: inspiring practices from Palestine, Uganda, Burundi, DR Congo and Belgium.

Claude Croizer
Claude Croizer
Advisor Environnement & Climate, Expertise Department | Enabel
(in person)
Alexis Doucet
Alexis Doucet
International Technical Advisor | Enabel in Palestine
(online)
Josephine Nalubega
Josephine Nalubega
Intervention Officer, Infrastructure | Enabel in Uganda
(online)
Karine Guillevic
Karine Guillevic
Infrastructure and Equipment Expert | Enabel in Burundi
(online)
Chantal Tombu
Chantal Tombu
Director and Curator | Espace Texaf Bilembo - DR Congo
(online)
Alain Huart
Alain Huart
Head of the Monitoring and Coordination Unit of the European Union's "Environment and Sustainable Agriculture" programme in DR Congo
(online)
Christine Decelle
Christine Decelle
Curator Cultural space | Espace Texaf Bilembo - DR Congo
(online)
Nadine Ngeleta
Nadine Ngeleta
Head of the Educational Department | Espace Texaf Bilembo - DR Congo
(online)
14:30-15:30 (GMT+2)

Session C : Social-ecological resilience, climate and education: a clear but unknown link

Resilience of social-ecological systems is essential to improve the well-being of communities living in their ecosystem. Climate change is one of the planetary boundaries being crossed with a huge impact on resilience. The session starts from the concept of social-ecological resilience and makes the link between resilience, planetary health and education through some concrete examples from the field.

Johan Slimbrouck
Johan Slimbrouck
Coordinator 'Network for Social-Ecological Resilience' | SECORES & Programme Officer | Join for Water
(in person)
Riddhi Patel
Riddhi Patel
Member of the Be-cause health Planetary Health working group
(online)
15:30-16:00 (GMT+2)

Break

16:00-17:00 (GMT+2)

Session D: Youth perspectives (by Unicef and Enabel)
 

17:00-17:30 (GMT+2)

Closing address

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Thursday 20 October 2022 | 13:00 - 17:30 in Brussels
Thursday 20 October 2022 | 13:00 - 17:30 Brussels time (GMT+2)
Friday 21 October 2022 |13:00 - 17:30 in Brussels
Friday 21 October 2022 |13:00 - 17:30 Brussels time (GMT+2)
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