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IDoS Peer Dialogue

The "International Dialogue on STEM Education" (IDoS) is a joint initiative of Siemens Stiftung and the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation. Together, we aim to establish an International Peer Dialogue between leading organisations whose focus of work is on early STEM Education (for Sustainable Development).

We believe that education, especially STEM Education for Sustainable Development, is of particular importance to prepare children to cope well in a rapidly changing environment. The world is facing major challenges: We are in the middle of a climate crisis. The population is growing, as is the gap between rich and poor. Artificial intelligence is gaining ground; digitalisation is already shaping the way our children are growing up today. Lastly, the current Covid-19-Pandemic forces us to reshape life as we know it completely. Children must learn from early on to deal with these challenges and to find sustainable solutions to existing or future problems. STEM Education for Sustainable Development strengthens them in their development of these future skills.

People at a conference exchanging ideas
© Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher/René Arnold
Learning from and with the best: We want to enter into a joint dialogue with leading educational players in the field of early STEM Education

Our Aim: Establish an International Peer Dialogue

While we consider ourselves prominent players in the fields of continuous professional development and education policy, we believe that global developments as outlined above and the demands for a quality education arising thereof can best be tackled by working together internationally. Therefore, the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation and Siemens Stiftung are seeking a systematic and regular exchange at international level, from which players and organisations involved in the development of their countries' education field can benefit. Parties concerned would be able to learn from and with the best players in the field of early STEM Education (the so-called "IDoS Peers") worldwide and thus implement their work at home more efficiently, more effectively, and in a more knowledge-based way.

As "field developer" organisations, the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation and Siemens Stiftung are guided by global educational and sustainability goals, such as the OECD Learning Compass 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, in order to strengthen children's 21st century competencies. We want to enter into a joint dialogue with leading educational players in the field of early STEM Education, and discuss selected topics that are relevant to state-of-the-art elementary and primary STEM Education (for Sustainable Development), and that are currently of interest to the Peer institutions.

Along with each of the participating organisations' own national networks, the IDoS network aims to promote an "ecosystem for educational innovation". Therein, STEM Education (for Sustainable Development) worldwide can develop, professionalise, and thrive.

More information will follow soon. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about our peer dialogue, please contact us.