We are in the midst of a transition in the culture of education and the use of knowledge. Digital technology and intelligent computer systems have consumed us all and have radically altered the way we work and live together. Not only have the new technological developments changed communication and access to information, they have also opened up new possibilities for teaching and information sharing. Ideas, concepts and technological advancements can rapidly travel through time and space and be shared with multiple networks.
Migration, inclusion, more and more children with behavioral problems, overcrowded classrooms, overburdened teachers, frequent school cancellations, and increasing expectations – the German school system is facing new and growing challenges. Despite rigorously defined educational guidelines, schools cannot carry the burdens of this transition by themselves.
One thing is for sure: a lifetime of learning needs to become a habit for us all – from the cradle to the grave.
This is why extracurricular learning spaces, such as libraries and makerspaces, are especially important. They provide spaces of free and creative thinking, without implementing the pressure to succeed. Instead, they lay the path to self-development. These spaces support the educational system in enabling people to assess and shape digital realities in the political, economic and social dimensions of their own life.
Learning outside of the classroom is self-driven, oriented in practical work and influenced by individual enthusiasm. More immediate reactions to social changes and new and innovative ideas can be discussed without needing to take bureaucratic structures into consideration. Sustainable learning experiences and creativity can thus be promoted in an approachable way.
Even though there are hesitations, an update to our education system in order to incorporate technological advancements and life-long learning practices is something that we would all benefit from. What could we achieve if we started establishing relationships between spaces of learning and educational institutions? How can we leave the comfort of what we know and voyage into the unknown?
Our upcoming Festival of Learning aims to do just that: incorporating innovative ideas, sharing experiences and exploring new impulses. This year is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. In honor of the many people that joined together 50 years ago to overcome technological dificulties in order to achieve something great, the theme of our festival will be “outer space”.
As Neil Armstrong put it best: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
More information about the program and further details will be available here shortly.
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