Award Winning Global Education Series Creator, C. M. Rubin, Kicks-off The Oppi Festival With President of American Federation of Teachers

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New collective learning event launches live from New York on Friday May 15 to explore the future of education.

C. M. Rubin (Cathy), creator of The Global Search for Education series and publisher of CMRubinWorld, believes we face a crisis in education. To explore the challenge facing future generations, Rubin has helped organize the Oppi Festival.

According to the International Labor Organization, an agency of the UN, global unemployment stood at 201 million people in 2014, and that number is expected to rise to 212 million by 2019. The current worldwide unemployment rate among 15 to 24 year-olds is 13%, which is almost three times higher than the overall unemployment rate. The rising costs of education coupled with the rising rates of unemployment are cause for concern and need immediate intervention.

Rubin comments, “Students are the consumers of education but should not be the casualty, so how do we best prepare them for the dramatic socio-economic demands of a digital world in a global age?”

To discover the answers, the Oppi Festival has been organized as a global collective learning event – which will be held at Leman Manhattan School in NYC on May 15 and 16. Rubin hopes the Festival, with its themes of Global Collaboration, Gender It Matters, and Living: The Arts, “will raise awareness for and find sustainable solutions to the future of learning.” United by a passion for education, renowned thought leaders in education, policy, business, and cultural and student communities will step into each other’s worlds for two days to talk, do, make, listen, and play with all things about learning.

Panels we recommend to the media during the Festival – participants listed are available for interview:

Friday May 15, 1.45 pm – 3.15 pm

Welcome: Simon Breakspear and Suklaa’s Claudia Barwell. Festival Kick-off: Raising Global Kids – Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers), in conversation with Cathy Rubin. (Special guest Sandra Jackson-Dumont - Chairman of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art, will join this session).

Friday May 15, 6.15 pm - 7.10 pm

Gallery: Disrupting the Status of Gender in Education – Cathy Rubin in conversation with Marilyn Achiron (OECD), Michael Levine (Founding Executive Director- The Joan Ganz Cooney Center) and Craig Hatkoff (Co-Founder Tribeca Film Festival and Chief Curator Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards).

Saturday May 16, 2.10 pm - 3.05 pm

Classroom 4: Re-imagining Outreach: How to Build School Partnerships for a New Era – Cathy Rubin in conversation with Steve Moffitt (CEO, A New Direction) and Holly Donagh (Partnerships Director A New Direction)

For more information on the Festival program

For more information on the Festival line up

Interviews with additional Oppi Festival participants available upon request.

CMRubinWorld is an online publishing company which has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century education. The company is respected for publishing a diverse range of innovative ideas that are presented by the founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s thought leaders in education. Our interviews and articles covering the vital issues faced today are intended to be of integral value to parents, students, and educators who are our readers around the world.

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