Identifying how to make learning sustainable amidst a global landscape that is set to look radically different after COVID-19 will be the focus for educators and school leaders from around the world when Qatar Foundation stages this year’s edition of Teaching & Learning Forum.

The virtual event, organised by the Education Development Institute (EDI) – part of Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education – is bringing together the local and international education community to discuss a series of issues that will be vital for safeguarding and disrupting learning into the future.

While COVID-19 has brought so much uncertainty to our world, it has also united people from different nations, cultures, and areas of expertise in seeking to find solutions to the challenges it has brought to us, and the field of education is no different, said Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi, President of Pre-University Education at Qatar Foundation.

Schools, educators, children, and parents around the world have shown tremendous adaptability and fortitude in responding to the incredible demands that the pandemic has placed on education.

However, this merely brushes the surface of what we must collectively do to sustain education for the generations to follow, making it robust and resilient while recognising and acting on the urgency of disrupting the way we teach and the way our children learn.

She said that through the forum, Qatar Foundation aims not just to start a conversation about how they can ensure that learning emerges stronger from the COVID-19 experience, but set in motion a collaborative search for tangible, practical and actionable solutions to protect and transform one of the pillars of every society.

The event will also include a Qatar Heads Summit, where more than 50 school directors across Qatar will discuss challenges and opportunities around school management, and share their views on the forum’s six topic streams. It will be followed by a learning event on 29 November when EDI will again gather the education community to develop practical approaches to making learning more sustainable, and learning systems less fragile.

EDI Director Mehdi Benchaabane said that this year’s forum is being organised under very special circumstances. He said that collaboration across the education sector is crucial if we want to save teaching and learning from being disintegrated by the effects of COVID-19.

In the spirit of a true forum, participants will join a virtual conversation around what makes learning sustainable. They will have the chance to listen to speakers and accelerators presenting practical ways to address issues of personalised learning, inclusion, problem-solving, community well-being, glocalisation of the curriculum and communication.

The event will also celebrate PUE practitioners who have gone out of their way to make a difference in students’ lives.

The Teaching & Learning Forum 2020, will be held this Sunday, 11 October, from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm. The event is open to anyone connected to the education sector. Follow this LINK to register.