From 12 to 13 November 2022, Yidan Education Forum 2022 & Series of International Academic Exchange Activities for 120th Anniversary of Beijing Normal University were successfully held. Focused on the theme of “Learning Ecosystem for the Future: Family, School, Society”, approximately 50 scholars and experts from the Mainland of China, Hong Kong of China, Finland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the United States and other countries and regions joined the dialogues on the new visions, theories, strategies, and collaborative innovation for the future of learning ecosystem. Experts from international education organizations such as UNESCO, Yidan Prize, OECD, and the LEGO Foundation also attended the Forum and presented their research results.
The Forum was guided by the Authority of Qianhai, Shenzhen; hosted by ChenYidan Foundation and the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University; and co-organized by Yidan Institute of Education. The sub-forum was hosted by the Institute of Education, University College of London; the Chair of Learning through Play of LEGO, Xingjian College, Tsinghua University and X-Institute.
Professor Xudong Zhu, dean of the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, Mr Yidan Chen, founder of ChenYidan Foundation and co-founder of Tencent, and Professor Chen Wang, co-convenor of the Forum, delivered opening speeches at the Forum. Professor Xudong Zhu said that all players in the educational ecosystem are co-existing in a three-dimensional environment. Educators, families, entrepreneurs, and politicians are now looking beyond the classroom and working together to build an educational ecosystem in which everyone wins through shared responsibilities and co-governance.In his keynote speech, Dr Yidan Chen said that resilience is a key indicator of a sustainable education, and that to achieve sustainable education, we must develop resilience and leadership in education from an open, diverse, global, and long-term perspective.Professor Chen Wang noted that one of the core issues in today’s education is how to re-examine the state of education, look to the future education and rebuild educational practice in a network and environment jointly formed by families, schools, and societies.
The ecosystem for educational innovation in bay areas was a focus of discussion at the Forum. Experts from China and other countries said that major bay areas across the world are the leaders for exploring the learning ecosystem for the future and inexhaustible sources of innovations in future learning. Education drives innovation, and innovation drives the sustainable development of the society. The positive interactions of schools, families, and societies as different providers of education will generate tremendous impetus for social progress. In the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, educational innovation is also booming, evidenced by the real cases shared by several education innovators in the Greater Bay Area, including the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO, Yidan Prize, Whittle School and Studios Shenzhen, Lingnan University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), Guangdong Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Shenzhen Mingde Experimentary School (Group), etc.
The Yidan Education Forum 2022 keynote report Competence and Education of the Learner for the Future was also released at the same time. The report was co-led by Professor Hannele Niemi at the University of Helsinki, and Professor Chen Wang at Beijing Normal University. According to the report, facing the future is one of the natural characteristics of education, and the future of human society lies in today’s education. In a future full of great uncertainties, equipping learners with the abilities and competences to deal with uncertain challenges is the responsibility and mission of education. The report draws a portrait of the Learner for the Future and constructs the Learner for the Future Competence Frame (LFCF). It also introduces Finland’s methods and experiences of developing competency education, analyzes similarities and consistencies between LFCF and international competency frameworks, and puts forward the education model CMYK for cultivating the Learner for the Future.