The IB launches the Festival of Hope to empower youth to rise


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No challenge is too small, and no idea for change is too ambitious. Standing up for the causes closest to our hearts is an act of hope and can also provide the spark that inspires others to stand with us. That is the promise of the Festival of Hope.

Designed to unite the global community around today’s most challenging issues, the Festival of Hope is an initiative that will create spaces for millions of young people to speak up and turn complex challenges into positivity and hope.

The Festival of Hope aims to bring together diverse voices and experiences to explore what it will take to inspire and transform humanity and address the complex challenges young people face today.

"Now is not the time for playing it safe. If our global youth (and our planet) are to have the opportunity to thrive they deserve, then we have to face up to some hard questions. This means courageous inquiry, critical reflection and creative action. The IB was built on such pioneering spirit", said the Director General of the IB, Olli-Pekka Heinonen.

According to the United Nations World Youth Report, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24, accounting for 16 per cent (%) of the global population. Youth is our most significant source of hope for the future, and the active engagement of youth is vital to averting the challenges the world faces and creating inclusive communities.

Therefore, the International Baccalaureate is putting youth at the heart of the Festival of Hope. By hosting interviews, workshops and opportunities for action, the IB gives the floor to each and every young person.

The immersive series will explore the theme of "Educating in the Meaning Crisis: Rebalancing Head, Heart and Hand" and include dozens of virtual discussions and three live events hosted by IB World Schools.