Educators reimagine learning beyond COVID-19

The congress brought together Edmund Rice educators from 17 countries (EREA)

More than 250 educators from Edmund Rice schools gathered this week for a global education congress that focused on rebuilding and reimagining education as the world moves beyond the pandemic. Source: EREA.

Organised by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA), the congress brought together people from 17 countries under the theme “Educating with Hope in Our Hearts and Hands”. The congress was based on Pope Francis’ vision of global solidarity and a commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Fernando Reimers, an expert on the future of education and recovering from the pandemic, opened the congress. Professor Reimers, from Harvard University, is a member of UNESCOs Commission on the Futures of Education, which wrote the report Reimagining Our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education. He explored how education can and has to transform the world, underpinned by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

American Sr Helen Prejean, a death penalty abolitionist and author of Dead Man Walking, spoke on day two of the congress on the topic of “Education and the Gospel: Waking up the World”.

Young South African humanitarian Candice Mama spoke on “The Power of Resilience”, sharing her own story of trauma and forgiveness following the murder of her father by an apartheid assassin.

The final keynote speaker was Pepe Menéndez from Spain, who is an advocate for transforming schools. He spoke on "The Educational Vision of Pope Francis and How to Make it Happen".


Edmund Rice Global Gathering of Catholic Educators to Rebuild and Reimagine Education (EREA) 

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