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The nature of education is changing rapidly across the world. New curricula and new approaches to teaching and learning; the changing social conditions which children and young people are growing up within; the technical and environmental challenges we face: all these produce extraordinary pressures on the values, purposes and role of secondary education. This is as true for schools in urbanised inner cities as it is for those in wealthy neighbourhoods or those in remote, rural communities.

The Aspire Trust has a long history of bringing together education professionals from around the world, giving them the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from one another. We already have links with schools in numerous countries including India, Australia, Nigeria, Norway and Serbia.

2012 Programme
As well as 2 conferences in Australia, we will also be launching a special event in London to mark this year’s Olympics. Brief details of the programme are as follows:

Conference 1: Olympian Educators: an international conference which celebrates international Olympian Educators, past present and future

Date: Monday 11 – Thursday 14 June:
Venue: London’s South Bank Centre and local schools
Accommodation London County Hall Premiere Inn. Delegates would also be welcome to organise their own accommodation
UK Partners: Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, Liverpool in London Embassy, Social Enterprise Network

Purpose: Celebrating the concept of the ‘Olympian Educator’, this conference will welcome speakers and delegates from across the world to share experiences; visit London schools and meet – through the magic of the internet and the performing arts – ancient educators such as Socrates, Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky and Montessori. The Conference will take offer delegates the opportunity to immerse themselves in the London educational and cultural scene just weeks before the start of the Olympics and feel the buzz of one of the most thriving cities on the planet this year!

Conference 2: All Our Futures – Australia 1: an international conference which develops international links with Australian educators

Date: Monday 25 – Friday 29 June 2012
Venue: University of Tasmania and Tasmanian Schools
Accommodation: University accommodation – or delegates are welcome to organise their own accommodation
International Partners UKTI, University of Tasmania, Launceston City Council, Principals Australia.
Purpose: To share international educational experiences under the themes of:
Creative Curricula – teaching for creativity and teaching creatively
Creative Early Years practice
International staff and / or exchanges
Indigenous and intercultural education

Conference 3: All Our Futures – Australia 2: an international conference which develops international links with Australian educators

Date: Monday 1 October – Friday 5 October 2012
Venue: University of Tasmania and Tasmanian Schools
Accommodation: University accommodation – or delegates are welcome to organise their own accommodation

International Partners UKTI, University of Tasmania, Launceston City Council. Principals Australia.

Purpose: To share international educational experiences under the themes of:
Children and Philosophy: promoting higher order thinking
Creative Curricula – teaching for creativity and teaching creatively
Creative Early Years practice
New approaches to teaching with disengaged young people

For further details please contact me at nowen.aspire@btconnect.com