THE PRAGUE GATHERING

12th - 14th April 2019, Prague, Czech Republic

The Prague Gathering event is a meeting of leading educational experts, scholars and policy makers from around the world. The Gathering, designed as an “urban retreat”, is devoted to exploring, discussing, and redefining the essential core and purpose of education.

Current mainstream education does not give children the skills they will need to meet tomorrows challenges. As the world is becoming more and more overloaded, polarized, and unstable, education has a crucial role to play in helping create a more mindful, connected, sustainable, and ethical society.

To shape the society of the future, we need to transform habitual patterns of teaching and learning that no longer serve us. As our planet faces multiple, complex challenges, it is crucial to unite our experience, wisdom and creativity, and envision the vital global shifts needed in our schools, universities and educational communities.

The field of education is already in slow transition, in a search of a model infused with more holistic and humanistic perspectives. Mindfulness in Education, Social Emotional Learning, Positive Education, Gross National Happiness in Education, Contemplative Pedagogies, 21st Century Skills, Holistic Education, and Transformative Education are some examples of efforts to shift the focus of our educational systems and reclaim a more balanced approach to developing our human capacities.

The Soul of Education team and the Prague Gathering 2019 resonate with these motivations and visions. We are looking forward to connecting with like-minded institutes, organizations, initiatives and educators around the world. Together, we can weave and strengthen our web, and activate and mobilize our collective wisdom.

The function of education is to create human beings who are integrated and therefore intelligent... Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity, in oneself and in others, is education.