General questions about our event
When is World Education Week?
World Education Week will take place 5th – 9th October 2020.
How will I access World Education Week?
All World Education Week events will be streamed live, online. We are still finalising the technology platform we will use to stream the event and will share that with you soon.
Will all events be in English?
We really want to build upon the inclusivity of our first event in May and whilst our T4 communications are all in English, effectively making it our official event language, we are exploring solutions to support multi-language automated live captioning during streaming.
In theory, this means schools will be able to stream their event in their chosen language and audiences around the world will still be able to access and benefit from the event.
Additionally, we have included a Google Translate feature on this website (accessed from the main menu), so all information can be accessed in multiple languages.
Will I have to pay to attend World Education Week?
No, like our previous event, T4 Conference, World Education Week is free.
Do I need to register to attend World Education Week?
Yes, but not yet. When our programme is finalised in early September, we will then invite you to register to attend. If you have not already subscribed to our T4 Community mailing list, please do so and we will email you when registration is open.
Will there be a plenary event for World Education Week?
Yes. We will host a two hour event on Monday, 5th October, which is also World Teachers Day.
What is the theme for World Education Week?
The primary theme for our inaugural World Education Week is, ‘Learning Today’.
What is the aim of World Education Week?
In 2015, the United Nations (UN) and every single world government agreed on a set of targets. These are the Sustainable Development Goals. 17 goals that if we were to achieve all by the year 2030, every single person on planet Earth would be more prosperous and better off. Societies would develop equitably and we would all make sure that we achieve our potential.
Out of these 17 goals, 1 goal is Quality Education, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 4. Sadly, for SDG 4 as it is referred to, progress is slow. We have 10 years left to achieve a more equitable future for our next generation at least, and that is why we are launching our free virtual event, World Education Week.
We aim to facilitate 100 virtual events which will form a Global Showcase during World Education Week. We are looking to showcase what we can learn from 100 Schools across the planet, to promote a higher and better standard of education for all.
Will World Education Week be recorded?
Yes, we will record all events that take place during World Education Week.
What are you looking to showcase?
We are looking to showcase what we can learn from 100 schools from around the world, to promote a higher and better standard of education for all.
Consider the following questions to establish if your school should participate in our Global Showcase:
- Is your school a champion for learning?
- Is your school committed to inclusive and equitable quality education?
- Does your school have unique expertise?
- Can this be replicated in another school?
- Do you want to make the world a better place?
If your answer is an emphatic YES to all of these, please apply to host a virtual event and showcase your expertise to help the world!
What themes should school events focus on?
Our overall theme for World Education Week is ‘Learning Today’. We are looking for events that are aligned with one of the following sub-themes:
- Building programmes to enhance employability, entrepreneurship and life skills
- The use of technology
- Promoting the science of learning and teaching
- Deepening family and community engagement
- Focusing on wellbeing
Learn more on our Schools page.
What format should school events be?
School events should be in one of the following formats:
- Panel discussion
- Formal debate
- Workshop (online for delegates)
- Artistic performance
- Digital immersive experience
If your event is a panel discussion, you must have a teacher and learner on your panel. We will also stipulate the need to be gender diverse when selecting speakers. Learn more on our Schools page.
Who can apply to host a school event?
A teacher or partner organisation can apply to host a school event. However, the applicant must have permission from the relevant person at the school e.g. a head of school, to authorise the event.
Can any learning institution apply to host an event?
All K-12 schools that meet our Global Showcase criteria, are eligible to apply to host a school event.
What is the deadline for applying to host a school event?
The deadline to apply to host an event is 11:59pm BST (10:59pm GMT) 14th August. You can check your local time on timeanddate.com.
How long should a school event be?
We are aiming to showcase 100 schools with each school having a maximum of 1 hour to host their event. It is possible for an event to be shorter than 1 hour but there must be sufficient time for delegates to gain five new insights based on the experience of the school that they can take away and replicate.
What is expected of schools participating in the Global Showcase?
The detail regarding the role of hosts will in part depend upon the technology we have in place for the event. However, we have shared the following information with schools applying to host a 1-hour event on our Schools page.
What are the benefits of hosting a school event?
We will provide you with a platform to share your expertise with the world, with the intention that other schools can replicate your practices and success, increasing the impact of your work. Additionally, we will promote you as 1 of our 100 Global Showcase Schools across social media and publish the list on our website to evidence this recognition.
Who can attend World Education Week and watch school events?
We know collaboration is the key to progress (in addition to effective leadership), and quality education has to involve families and the wider community, So we encourage anyone interested in the event to attend.
What happens if we cannot recruit 1000 delegates for our school event?
This is a guide because we want each event to have as much exposure as possible to ensure World Education Week has an impact in relation to accelerating progress on SDG4. However, those delegates are not all required to be teachers and we encourage anyone interested in the event to attend. Hopefully, that will help with recruiting delegates. So whilst we expect hosting schools and associated partners to proactively recruit 1000 delegates, T4 and all of our partners and volunteer ambassadors will be promoting the programme, so there will be some support with this.
Can more than 1 school collaborate on an event?
Each event has to be formally owned by an individual school. However, another school could collaborate on the host school’s event. The host school will be formally recognised as one of our 100 Global Showcase Schools, the supporting school will not receive that recognition.
Can I organise a local event with an in-person audience?
All school events that are part of our World Education Week Global Showcase need to be streamed online. Any additional events you choose to offer locally, will not be part of our official programme.
Can we pre-record our school event?
All school events need to be live therefore, it is important to ensure you have the internet connectivity to stream a live event. We will provide the platform.
Do all school events need to be in English?
We really want to build upon the inclusivity of our first event in May and whilst our T4 communications are all in English, effectively making it our official event language, we are exploring solutions to support multi-language automated live captioning during streaming. Therefore your school event can be in a local language.
How should partners support the Global Showcase?
We ask partners to support the school submission process by supporting our communications and promoting to your organisational networks. We also ask partners to help identify schools for the Showcase and invite them to apply to host an event.
Can a partner organisation apply to host an event?
Partner organisations are encouraged to partner with a school and assist them with the application process. However, each event must be hosted and ‘owned’ by a school. However, some partner organisations may be able to help schools further e.g. contributing to the school’s event and live posting on social media during the event.
Are partner organisations required to financially support or provide resources for a school event?
No, there is no expectation for a partner organisation to financially contribute resources to support a school event. However, some partners may also have a budget for this e.g. to ensure those live streaming the event have the technology in place to do so e.g. providing mobile internet and data as a back-up, etc.
T4 Solutions Challenge – in partnership with Take Action Global
Who can enter the Solutions Challenge?
The challenge is open to all teachers working in schools, colleges and universities.
What does the Solutions Challenge involve?
Teachers are invited to solve a global issue, relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 4 Quality Education, must be part of the solution. Teachers are invited to submit a 2-minute video along with a 200-word summary, describing their chosen global issue and their solution. Learn more on our T4 Solutions Challenge – for teachers page.
What is the deadline for the Solutions Challenge?
The deadline for teachers to submit an entry to the Solutions Challenge is 12th September.
After I have submitted my entry, do I need to do anything else?
Yes! You will need to share your entry on the Earth Project website because we will invite people to vote for their favourite entries.
What happens after people have voted on teacher entries?
The top 100 solutions will be published online on 21st September and those entries will then be reviewed by a jury who will identify 3 winners: 1 overall winner, a 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up.
What do the winners of the Solutions Challenge receive?
Apart from infinite fame and respect for coming up with such amazing solutions to global issues, the overall winner will receive $5000 US, the 1st runner-up will receive $3000 US and the 2nd runner-up will receive $2000 US!
Where can I learn more about the Solutions Challenge?
Are partners required to support the Solutions Challenge selection process?
No, the T4 Team is recruiting a jury to support the selection process.
What is the main role of a partner organisation?
The main role of partners is to:
- Drive quality applications and hand-hold schools through that process.
- Help promote the event. This could include:
- posting on social media
- emailing and messaging your networks
- contacting anyone with an influence that may also wish to promote the event – online influencers, bloggers, journalists, local public figures, ex-students that have gone on to have a successful career, etc.
Further information is available on our Partner with us page.
My organisation would love to partner with T4, what do I need to do?
That’s great to hear! Please refer to our webpage, Partner with us.
Is it possible to volunteer for World Education Week?
We’re glad you asked! Yes, we are recruiting volunteers. In the first instance, we are inviting people to register as a World Education Week Ambassador. Most of our ambassadors help promote our events online and we do not require a fixed amount of time. However, we will also recruit ambassadors who have particular skills and are willing to make a more formal time commitment. If you are interested, please visit our webpage for Ambassadors and subscribe to our Ambassador Community mailing list.