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Join us and help us develop new ideas about our education system, which screams for reform and what steps we need to take to do that. Many people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with how school education operates in this country. The constraints of a narrow curriculum and the pressure for schools and students to perform well in standardised test and exams are now almost universally seen as being inappropriate for our age and inflicting real damage on young people. Tonight’s event offers an opportunity for YOU to play a role in defining the steps that can be taken to move towards a far better system of education – one that can enable young people to thrive and flourish in a world in which so many of our traditional assumptions about work, wellbeing and prosperity are evaporating. We will not be asking you just to sit back and listen to the ideas of a politician or eminent educator. No, we will be asking you to come up with some new thinking/develop your own ideas through discussion in small groups. The evening will start with four very brief presentations, each exploring one of these questions: 1. What does it mean to be a well-educated person in the 21st century? 2. With all information/understanding now available online do we need to redefine the role of the teacher? 3. How could we construct a better student appraisal process? 4. Should we move to multidisciplinary projects lasting, say, a week (eg the environment, music in life, how our energy is produced) rather than having a timetable based on 40-50 min subject lessons? You will then be invited to join a group of six to eight participants, with each group exploring one of these topics. Towards the end of the evening the main points of the discussion will be summarised and considered by all. So the evening will be a small-scale project in using deliberative democracy, people’s juries, to solve a big problem. Do come along and have your say! The speakers will be confirmed later. This meeting is free to all fully paid GlobalNet21 and Conway Hall Ethical Society members and students. There is a £5 entry charge for all others.
We would like to invite you to the meeting in Parliament where we are collaborating with the Fourth London Political Summit - a summit that we have supported for the last two years. This summit will be held in the House of Lords and will be hosted by the Rt. Hon. Abimbola Bim. Afolami MP, The Rt. Hon. Chris Philip MP. Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer will also be present. The summit will be looking at the narrow and broad concepts of transitional political leadership shift, in the very context of emerging young individual leaders, the effect political inclusion on leadership actions in critical political decision-making in governance. The past several years have seen a noticeable increase in young people and women getting involved in politics and running for office from the United States to Europe and Africa. In Europe, the aftermath of the global financial crisis inspired both right-wing populist movements led by young people, like the Five Star movement in Italy, and left-wing populist movements including Spain's Podemos party. In the United States, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29, but many nations have members of parliament who are as young as 22. Abimbola "Bim" Afolami FRSA (born 11 February 1986) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has served as the Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden constituency since the 2017 general election. Afolami was born and raised in Crowthorne, Berkshire. His father Samuel is a Nigerian consultant doctor in the NHS, who came to the UK in his early twenties. In 2002, So come and join us and discuss how the ideas of young people across the globe are helping to shape our future at a time of political and democratic uncertainty.
Join us at this meeting in Conway Hall where we discuss the most crucial issue of our times - climate change and how or if we can address it. In September there were massive world wide protests over climate change as school children left school and often with their parents protested that their Governments are not doing enough to tackle the most serious problem facing us today. At this meeting we will have four speakers that will address how we can tackle climate change or whether we have left it too late. * Can we address climate change by individual action such as flying less ore a change of diet * Or can we tackle change climate by the introduction of new and clean technologies * Or do we need to tackle the economic system based on growth and profit *Or and finally is it now too late and have we gone past the tipping point of no return There will be plenty of time for discussion and debate where we can add our views as well as ask important questions.