For the third year in a row, the capital city of the Prahova County, Ploiesti, will host the International Festival of Education – FIEdu. The event will take place on June 9 and 10, 2018, and will be attended by specialists in education from Romania and abroad.
Being a unique concept in Romania and in Eastern Europe, the event has a non-profit, creative and accessible nature, encouraging and supporting national and international collaboration, aiming to bring together decision-makers, school directors, researchers in education, teachers, parents and children. This year, the event will be attended by experts in education from three countries: Finland, United Kingdom and United States of America.
The Prahova County Museum of Natural Sciences, a school-museum conducting numerous non-formal education projects and interactive educational events, will be a partner in organizing this new edition of the festival, along with the “Iubesc Ploiestii” Association and Yuppy Koti Centre Ploiesti – the Educational Center of Finnish inspiration, the Finnish Embassy in Bucharest, the Prahova County Council, the “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic, the “Toma Caragiu” Theater, the “Escamonde Ploiesti” Association, the Teaching Staff House and the co-organizer Seeding Knowledge Foundation. The participants in this new edition of the festival will have the opportunity to attend presentations, practical workshops, networking sessions, spectacles and exhibitions. Also, free workshops for children and teenagers focused on interactive learning, will take place at the Festival for children and youth, at the classroom of the Prahova County Museum of Natural Sciences within the Culture Palace; the educational materials and software gallery from Romania and from abroad can also be consulted. As announced by the organizers of the event in Ploiesti, some of the topics to be debated at this new FIEdu edition are: what Romania can learn from the Finnish education reform, sustainable educational leadership, prioritizing joy in the learning and teaching process, legal education in schools, digital skills and the role of technology in education, how can we build schools as communities, the impact of the international partnerships and mobility on the quality f education, and the emotional intelligence in the educational context.
At the same time, the novelty of the 2018 edition of this festival is the launch of a study on the happiness of the Romanian students, exclusively dedicated to the primary, lower and high school students. Specifically, between April 20 and May 20, 2018, the organizers of the International Festival of Education – FIEdu 2018 conducted a study whose purpose was to measure the level of happiness of the Romanian students. The students had to fill an online questionnaire with 16 questions; the results of the study will be presented by the students themselves at FIEdu 2018.
“We, the adults involved in education, often forget to ask the students how they would like to look their school, their classroom, their classes. Certainly, if we would listen to them more often and if we would involve them more actively , they would be more motivated, and this study aims to confirm the fact that the students want to be consulted and want to contribute to a better educational system” stated Alexandra Anton, CEO of FIEdu.