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Future Learning - Self Organised & Not Imposed

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Join us in the House of Commons meeting hosted by the newly elected MP Bambos Charalambous where we discuss the future of education and learning and the need for radical change to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Our Education system has grown up following the Industrial Revolution and then exported via the British Empire. It organised children in schools and classrooms and imposed knowledge on them through externally devised curricula. And it is failing. One commentator said,

“"Over the last 25 years and longer there have been multiple initiatives from different secretaries of state which have not achieved the necessary improvement in educational standards.”

We are interesting children less and less in education through our school system and poorer and deprived children suffer most. Disenchantment has grown as home schooling has reached record numbers.

But it does not have to be like that. In the Internet Age children learn quickly and easily when their curiosity is inspired.

It's a sometime since Education Guardian exclusively reported Sugata Mitra's Hole In The Wall learning project, in which he installed computers with internet connection in Delhi slums for local children to discover. He found that the children began to teach themselves English, computing and maths, just a month after starting to use the PCs. The project inspired Vikas Swarup's Q&A, the novel that became the film Slumdog Millionaire.

How can we apply this process to our education in the UK where that education becomes self organised and not imposed, where teachers excite the natural curiosity of children and where the internet age opens a whole new future of self organised learning

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Bambos Charalambos is a British politician. He was elected as the Labour Party MP for Enfield Southgate in 2017. The second MP with Cypriot ancestry, and the first whose parents both have a Cypriot background. He has a strong interest in education. He is also presently the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture, Localism and Young People on Enfield Council.

James Stanfield is based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, and is working with Professor Sugata Mitra and colleagues around the world on numerous research projects relating to Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLE). He teaches on a number of different courses and his research interests include spontaneous orders, self organising systems and emergent behaviour in education.

Varinder Unlu has worked in ELT for 26 years in all contexts from private language schools to FE and HE, teaching students from 6-80 years old. She has been a DOS/Academic Manager since 2002. She is an Academic Director at Bloomsbury International. She is also a teacher trainer for both Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL. She is currently doing an MA TESOL. She is the coordinator of the Inclusive Practices and SENs IATEFL SIG.

Self Organised Learning Environments

SOLEs are being set up all over the world. In some countries, they have become an everyday way of life for students. SOLE Central is a global hub for research into self-organised learning environments (SOLEs). It brings together researchers, practitioners, policymakers and entrepreneurs.

You can find out more at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/solecentral/

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