The virtual AFS Global Conference will host the worldwide launch of the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Global Competence Assessment and explore their implications for students, educators, policymakers and other education stakeholders (22-23 October 2020).

The Conference is organized by AFS Intercultural Programs  in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Conference program

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15:00 – 16:00 OPENING PLENARY

Global Release of PISA Global Competence Assessment Results

16:15 – 17:00 PLENARY

Live Q&A with Andreas Schleicher & OECD

17:15 – 18:15 CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Implications of PISA Global Competence Assessment Results for Stakeholder Groups

Policymakers & intra-governmental bodies; Students & Learners; Business & workforce pipeline; Formal education teachers, teacher educators & practitioners; Academics & researchers; Non-formal and international education providers

*All times in GMT+2 (Paris)

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11:30 – 13:00 (RE-PLAY) PLENARY & Q&A HIGHLIGHTS

Global Release of PISA Global Competence Assessment Results & Q&A with Andreas Schleicher & OECD

13:00 – 14:00 CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Implications of PISA Global Competence Assessment Results for Stakeholder Groups

Policymakers & intra-governmental bodies; Students & Learners; Business & workforce pipeline; Formal education teachers, teacher educators & practitioners; Academics & researchers; Non-formal and international education providers

14:15 – 15:15 NETWORKING AND POSTER SESSIONS
15:30 – 16:15 Closing Plenary

Moving Forward to Advance Global Competence Education using PISA Results, Implications: What next? 

16:30 – 17:00 NETWORKING

Post-event Discussions & Networking

*All times in GMT+2 (Paris)

“Global competency is about building curiosity – opening minds, it’s about compassion –opening hearts, and it’s about courage, mobilising our cognitive, social and emotional resources to build a more human world. And that’s also our best weapon against the biggest threats of our times – ignorance – the closed mind, hate – the closed heart, and fear – the enemy of agency.”

Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills

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