LEGO Idea Conference focuses on UN goal
8 April 2016, Billund, Denmark: In early April, the 2016 LEGO Idea Conference gathers 300 academics, practitioners, policy makers and representatives from international organisations to discuss what quality learning is and how it can be put into action. The conference will be partly based on a UN goal focused on ensuring the quality of children’s learning worldwide.
From April 11 to 13, Danish town Billund is the setting for the 2016 LEGO Idea Conference, where 300 participants will discuss what quality learning is and how it can be introduced in e.g. school systems.
Part of this year’s conference is based on a specific UN Sustainable Development Goal adopted back in September 2015, where Member States must not only ensure access to learning but also quality in learning. The LEGO Foundation will use this year’s LEGO Idea Conference to debate and deepen the understanding of what quality learning is and how it can be measured and implemented at scale.
“Like all who are engaged in creating solid foundations for children´s future, we at the LEGO Foundation are pleased that the global debate on education and learning has increased its focus on quality in learning. The foundation has worked on incorporating learning through play as an effective means to provide children with quality learning experiences. A child’s inherent ability to play is paramount in the early years and is catalyst for learning competencies that prepares the child for formal education, creativity and learning throughout their lifetime,” says Hanne Rasmussen, CEO of the LEGO Foundation.
Will reduce the skills gap
After the conference, the LEGO Foundation will prepare a report on the conclusions of the LEGO Idea Conference. The report will inject the viewpoints of the conference into the global education debate and major platforms such as the UN General Assembly. All with the ambition to fuel the global debate and to create a framework for quality in learning and hence support the global community with concrete tools to reach the international goals and implement quality learning at scale.
An annual highlight of the LEGO Idea Conference is the LEGO Prize. Since 1985, the LEGO Prize has been awarded to a person or institution responsible for an outstanding contribution to the lives of children.
About the LEGO Foundation
The LEGO Foundation believes that learning through play is essential in children’s learning and development. The LEGO Foundation has taken on the task of re-defining what we mean with play and its role in learning, and of re-imagining how we can stimulate children to learn. Skills like problem solving, creativity, empathy, communication and teamwork are all rooted in play, which involves a constant process of “try, fail and try again” – helping children to develop and fine-tune the creative and critical thinking skills.
The LEGO Foundation focuses on children aged 0-12 with a special emphasis on early childhood. This is the period when children develop most rapidly and when play is instrumental in building skills essential for the rest of their lives. The mission of the LEGO Foundation is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. The aim is to build a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged lifelong learners.