Welcome to AIE
On behalf of the Board of Trustees I extend to all a warm welcome to the Alliance for International Education and to our website.
Since our inception, almost 20 years ago, we have continuously striven to facilitate engagement with individuals, organisations and institutions committed to global awareness, intercultural understanding and social justice. Through our conferences and other communication tools we have promoted collaborative and critical exploration of ideas, concepts and knowledge, in pursuit of action which truly makes a difference.
The global community is currently undergoing a profound series of challenges which have the potential to fundamentally disrupt and transform the planet itself, and the man-made mechanisms of societal structure and order. Not least among the disrupters is the global pandemic which has already impacted the world of education in ways unimaginable only a year or so ago. In the context of dramatic and sustained change, the AIE looks to provide opportunities for debate and the exploration of new ideas in adapting and optimising new opportunities. We invite you to join our endeavours, for it is the power of community that will make the difference ultimately, through building collective capacity.
Our ten conferences held to date have been transformational by design, enabling debate and thinking which has challenged the status quo. We value, appreciate, and focus on the practical however, for it is in the doing that we make a difference within our respective spheres of influence. The AIE is a place to explore ideas safely, to challenge and to be challenged, to come together in a partnership of openness and creativity, reflecting on the role of international mindedness in an ever-evolving world
The AIE values partnerships for we appreciate it is a vibrant coalition of ideas and colleagues working together that has the greatest chance of making an impact. We seek to create different models of partnerships, and advances in technology has enabled us to create new synergies in different and more diverse ways than ever before. We encourage you to join us in our mission, whether as an individual, group or organisation, and details of how to do this can be found here on our website.
We are now looking ahead to our next conference – which will take place between 10th-12th March 2023, where together we will explore challenges facing schools today in “Educating for peace and social justice: the role of international education”. This conference was originally planned for October 2022 but in response to challenges of the pandemic we have changed the date to optimise opportunities for as many delegates as possible to join us in person.
As the world has changed, so have we in response, conducting a series of virtual seminars over recent months linked to our conference theme, with a further online event to occur in October, culminating in the conference. The conference will be in-person, with a virtual component to enable as many delegates as possible to engage in this important dialogue where we will seek practical and meaningful pathways forward.
Our conference is an invitation to educators who are committed to the principles of international education and tasked with their promotion in practice, to come together and explore how we might collectively optimise our experiences, resources, partnerships and communities, to address one of the greatest challenges facing social order and cohesion today.
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