The 2016 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the relationship between education and democracy. Education is central to democratic societies. Schools, universities, civil society organisations and other learning institutions should encourage the acquisition and practice of values and skills which are essential for democracy.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister of Education will speak on 7 November during the Forum’s opening session. She was the first French woman to be appointed Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research. Previously she was Minister of Women’s Affairs, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Government spokesperson.
The Forum will involve political decision-makers, inspirational speakers, innovators and social entrepreneurs, as well as leaders from education, civil society, media, academia, youth movements and business.
The Forum official programme will consist of plennary sessions, keynote introductions and a joint debate, a serious as focused working sessions – labs. The event is expected to involve up to 2,000 participants. Many more will participate in satellite events across the world, as well as on social networks.
The Forum is open to the public and participation is free of charge.
Online registration form is open here: http://a.cs.coe.int/team81/wfd-fmd/Inscription/spontaneous.aspx
Deadline for registration: 21 October 2016.
More information here: http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy/about2016wfd