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Beginning as Leadership Week in January 1922, BYU Education Week is now marking its 100th anniversary by continuing to offer presentations and classes that seek to teach, strengthen, lift, motivate and encourage. 

This year’s theme is “100 Years of Instruction and Learning: ‘Of Things Both in Heaven and in the Earth’” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:79). From Aug. 15 to Aug. 19, thousands of participants, 220 presenters, 500 volunteers and hundreds of BYU employees will take part on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 

Bruce Payne has been associated with the program for 29 years — 24 as the program administrator. 

He believes Education Week is successful because members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prioritize learning and knowledge and because many people desire to return to BYU campus or meet family or continue the tradition of attending.

“The beauty of Education Week is you have people who are interested in particular topics, and they go hear from people who are interested in teaching. They voluntarily go to the class because they want to, and they are hearing from people who want to teach it,” Payne said. 

“Bring the Spirit into the class with that dynamic, and it’s a recipe for success for sure.” 

A history of Education Week

About 3,000 people attended the first program, from Jan. 23 to Jan. 28 in 1922. The purpose was not only to bring residents of the area to campus and acquaint them with the university, but also to provide spiritual and academic training to leaders in various lines of community and Church leadership. 

Instruction topics included health, music, Scouting, genealogy, social relations, public speaking, homemaking, missionary work and teacher training.

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