Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Kids’ Well-being Int'l Conference in Belgium

We are excited to participate as speakers at the International Conference - Innovation in Education, Raising the Well-being of our Children - in Leuven, Belgium.

In August 2007, I came across Liesbeth Michiels in Utrecht. Liesbeth is an accomplished professional who wanted to make a difference. She decided to coordinate initiatives to increase the well-being of children. She founded Kids’ Well-being. This December 3rd and 4th, she will bring experts together in a conference to discuss innovation of the educational systems within Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.

Involvement, participation, and interaction are key drivers for the 21st Century. While our educational systems provide children with knowledge, there are still many questions left unanswered. Each country has different standards for education. And, there is a difference between education and learning. Another big question we have to address is “How do we help our children become citizens instead of consumers?”.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Kids 2020 to contribute to the dialogue and to engage participants in a series of workshops about the role that values play in our lives. During these workshops we hope to learn how to share our different perspectives on values. How do we each identify our own values? And further, how do we each use those values to guide our choices?

This will be very insightful as we continue to develop the learning programme for Kids 2020. What defines the well-being of a child in industrialized nations in the context of the 21st century?

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