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WEF Exhibitions: showing where the change in education starts

Participants at the World Education Forum can visit a range of exhibitions in between sessions. They include:

Journeys to Schools

The exhibition, ‘Journeys to School’ shows the situation of students on their way to school, shown in photo essays. The aim of the students is the same no matter where they live - it is to go to school. But not all of the students take an easy route. Some suffer from environmental issues or the scarcity of schools. Others are affected by poverty or have problems commuting because of conflict made by adults. One of the photos shows an African girl having difficulty crossing mountains, forests and even borders to reach school. By capturing the fierce determination reflected on students’ faces, the exhibit shows how people around the world strive to achieve a basic right -the right to be educated.

Draw Disability

“Draw Disability” is the World Education Forum’s Youth Side Event.  It is a global art campaign on issues of disabilities. The illustrations are made by youth from all over the world with the common theme of ‘Disability,’ highlighting the importance of inclusive education to create a non-discriminatory world. The three large cubes are wrapped with individually unique drawings of disability. For instance, a Chinese boy Chang Xu drew an apple which is half red and half green. He is depicting how people with the disability of color-blindness see the apple ‘green’ and others see it ‘red’. Despite such difference, he reiterates that it is the same apple. Each of these vivid drawings is creative, clever, and eye-opening to show how a disability is seen or should be seen by people. The illustrations include descriptions in their respective languages along with English translation. You can also find a small notebook for the audience to write short comments and reviews after enjoying the drawings made by the young people.

UN agencies

The exhibition also greets visitors with the work of the six UN co-convening agencies in the grand hall.  Each booth displays the respective role and specific strategy of the agency in realizing Education for All goals.

At the UNESCO booth, there are four main goals of education on display: Quality education, Inclusive education, Equity in education, and Lifelong learning, each with a neat and detailed explanation.

At the UNICEF booth, there are 3D glasses which allow visitors to experience the environment of underprivileged children who have limited access to education. UNICEF plans to distribute affordable technological devices, each costing only a hundred dollars, to carry out strategies where children utilize technology for learning.

The World Bank booth also presents an interesting display that allows visitors to write an encouraging and supportive comment to hang on the wall. The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, made a visit and left a comment saying “BE THE KEY TO ENDING POVERTY BY 2030!”.

Likewise, the UNFPA booth displays a wall covered with hash tags about education.   Visitors are encouraged to take a selfie in front of it and to share it SMS. This process reaches many others who are unaware of the WEF 2015 and its goals and gets them interested in the event and hopefully leads them to engage in an EFA project.

Hall2-Korean Educational Exhibition

If anyone is willing to learn about the Korean educational system, Hall 2 is the right place to satisfy their curiosity. As you enter the enormous hall, you find the Korean exhibition section ready for you on the right side. Ranging from achievements over the past 60 years of Korean Education to intangible cultural heritage of Korea, the aligned exhibition booths offer information on a wide domain of Korean education and culture. Especially, the display on intangible cultural heritage of Korea stops the visitors to have a moment to relish watching great examples: ‘Calligraphy Engraving’, ‘Cotton weaving’ and etc. The pictures of exquisite jade crafts and ornamental building painting are also mesmerizing. What’s more, visitors can explore the cultural sector with a Korean lady wearing “hanbok” – traditional dress, to guide you around the booths dealing with Korean customs and antique furniture.