GraphoGame attends IB Day Rio de Janeiro to raise discussion on Bilingualism

Rio de Janeiro, April 13, 2024 — Markku Pelkonen, Chief Commercial Officer from GraphoGame, recently participated in the IB Day Rio de Janeiro event on April 13th, 2024 and was one of the speakers in a plenary session on bilingualism, sharing insights and experiences on how it shapes curricula in different international, national, or bilingual schools.

This collaborative event, organised by the International Baccalaureate (IB) in conjunction with the American School of Rio de Janeiro and the Associação Brasileira de IB Schools (BAIBS), brought together over 150 education leaders from more than 65 schools across the region to discuss the future of education and learning.

Regional voices need to be heard

The event featured plenary sessions focusing on various topics, including the benefits of an IB continuum education, multilingualism, and skills for success in university and entrepreneurial contexts.

In addition to plenary sessions, attendees participated in breakout sessions to foster knowledge exchange and build connections among educators. These sessions provided valuable opportunities for educators to share best practices and explore innovative approaches to education.

Dr. Maripé Menendez, Head of Development and Recognition for IberoAmerica at the IB, expressed enthusiasm about the event, stating, “It was uplifting to hear so many regional voices celebrating the IB and its mission. We have discussed how to lead our young generations to create a better and more peaceful world.”

Bilingualism as a part of school innovation culture

Markku Pelkonen’s presence at IB Day Rio de Janeiro underscored GraphoGame’s global commitment to advancing literacy and educational innovation. In the plenary session he discussed issues on school’s innovation culture and bilingualism. 

“Bilingual learning requires a new mindset for developing the school learning culture. Changing the learning culture in schools is an iterative process that requires time, dedication, and a commitment to fostering an environment of inclusivity, shared teaching practices, and peer to peer collaboration. From a school leadership perspective, this involves creating environments where everyone feels safe and encouraged to use their home languages as a foundation for learning, thereby fostering a sense of belonging and self-confidence”, said Pelkonen.

“By leveraging the rich linguistic and cultural experiences of our learners, we can use these as a bridge to new knowledge and as a means to deepen their understanding of the world. An example of this development in action is the implementation of teaching strategies that are responsive to the linguistic needs and cultural backgrounds of our students. It’s also about embracing the diversity of us all as an asset rather than a barrier, and seeing bilingual education not just as a method of instruction, but as a way to prepare students for a globalized world where multilingual skills are increasingly valued.”

ID Day Rio de Janeiro created new collaborations

 “This event is a melting pot of ideas, discussions, and collaborative energy, all focused on creating a better learning culture. Thank you to Dr. Maripe Menendez, Aldo Anzures Tapia, Susan Clemesha, Kelly R. Pavan, Deivis D. Pothin, Ed.D, Ed.D, and many others for making this event a success”, commented Markku extending his gratitude to all organisers.

GraphoGame aims to contribute to meaningful dialogue and collaboration within the education community by participating in events like these, ultimately empowering students and educators worldwide.

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