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Mme Aïcha Bah Diallo on the importance of learning to live together for the future of education

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A diverse group of thought leaders, practitioners and innovators convened in Paris on 20 and 21 February to discuss and collaborate on actionable and innovative solutions in education and how to shape the learning societies of today and tomorrow.

Foundation Prize Committee member Mme Aïcha Bah Diallo, a champion of girls’ and women’s learning, spoke on how the notion of community, as well as understanding that the difference between communities and people, is essential for the educational process, from an early age to higher education.

Learning how to live together; knowing that I exist, but others also exist. My country, yes, but other countries as well. We need cooperation in the regional and international level. And that’s where WISE is important – we’re all here from different countries, and that’s extraordinary.

She also spoke about the importance of bringing girls and young women into the conversation, as they are often left behind when it comes to education.