Principals’ Meeting Foreign Language Education, Digitalization and Sustainability in Schools

Principals' Meet © Goethe-Institut Kolkata/Design:Reva Jaireth

Fri, 03.12.2021 -
Sat, 04.12.2021


On 4th December 2021, Principals of leading educational institutions in East and North-India will be coming together at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, to take part in a conference on “Foreign Language Education, Digitalization and Sustainability in Schools”. During the one-day convocation, the school leaders will be taking part in a discussion on the importance of education in creating a sustainable world, ways and means of creating tools to integrate the concept of sustainable development into education and the role of language, specifically foreign language in building bridges and maintaining sustainable cooperation and exchange.

As have been widely recognised by the international community, government officials and academic world, education is the foundation on which together we can build a sustainable world – also the primary goal of sustainable development. The young learners today are the leaders of tomorrow and in order to acquire the knowledge and skills essential to understand and implement the concept of sustainable development, they must have access to quality education. This is where we as educators and schools leaders come in and use our experience and expertise to contribute to the discussion and debate on the objectives and elements of quality education.

The matter of quality education has long been the subject of numerous studies and debates in different contexts over the past decades. A lot of emphasis has been laid on interdisciplinary curriculum design that provides learners with knowledge from different fields, with particular focus on learning content that covers both local and global critical issues associated with conservation activities that relate to biodiversity, modern economic processes and the challenges faced by culturally diverse communities. The aim is to create the core competencies necessary to help learners succeed in professional and social life in the modern world – such as the so-called soft skills, the willingness to take responsibility, the ability to think critically and solve problems, the willingness to work in a team and make decisions together, etc. These are some of the goals that the leading educators will highlight during the conference and discuss the best pathway to achieve them.

During the conference, emphasis will also be laid on the role of language and foreign language education in building human relationships and how it can be a key tool for addressing global problems and challenges.

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