I’ve been to my fair share of education conferences and technology conferences. Sometimes a combination of the two. In my experience, the goal is always a noble one: improving education from within. From leveraging technology to connecting educators to simply learning a new skill … there’s always a great goal at heart.
A fresh conference has a similarly great goal with the aim of improving education from the outside AND inside. It’s called the Global Education and Skills Forum and it’s happening in Dubai March 15-17th. The topics range from how technology is disrupting education (I’m on that panel) to how governments can work directly with schools to improve learning. It’s a three-day event with an array of interesting panels, keynotes, and discussions.
Dubai is actually quite an interesting spot to host the Global Education and Skills Forum. The UAE government has built a system that lets public and private sectors work hand-in-hand to improve the education system together. I’m looking forward to learning more about how this came about, what other countries (like the U.S.) can learn from the setup, and what’s next for the relationship.
On that note, the attendees are officials and figures that have quite a bit of power in the government and education world. From Former U.S. President Bill Clinton to Ananth Agarwal (President of edX) to Nick Fuller (former Head of Education for the Olympics 2012), there are dozens of people meeting and figuring out the next steps for global education to take.
I’ll be sure to share some of the key things I’ve learned, what’s happening in the international education world, and what the heads of state are talking about. I’ll do my best to tweet and blog but you should follow @gemseducation on Twitter for the official coverage and use the #GESF hashtag to connect with the attendees and speakers.
If you have any questions in particular you’d like to ask the attendees, you can post them on Twitter or down in the comments of this post and I’ll be sure to read through them before the event (and do my best to get them answered).