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In the future...

how will we learn?


Our professional Emcee on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 December was Shonali Devereaux.

Summit day 1:


09:00 – 10:00 (UK – GMT) / 13:00 – 14:00 (UAE – GST)   

what makes teachers great?

Speakers include:
Chair: Andria Zafirakou, 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner
- Dr Gideon Sappor, Senior Teaching Fellow in Early Years and Primary Education, IOE's Department of Learning and Leadership
- Tony McAleavy, Research Director, Education Development Trust 
- Vikas Pota, Founder, T4 Education

Teachers are fundamental to the educational outcomes. How do we select, train and develop our teachers? What are the qualities of an amazing teacher? How do our teachers need to adapt for the AI, data driven work-place of the future with life-long learning being expected.  

Watch this Summit session here



10:30 – 11:30 (UK – GMT) / 14:30 – 15:30 (UAE – GST)  

learning without walls

Speakers include:
Chair: Alison Watson MBE, Founder and Chief Executive, Class of Your Own Ltd.
- David Barr, Head of School of Education and Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning, Ulster University (Northern Ireland) 
- Tom Crombie, Founder and CEO of My Online Schooling, My Online Schooling 
- Graeme Scott, Executive Chairperson, The Mario Framework 
- Theresa Forbes, Director at Shaping Learning

The panel discussed whether or not the classroom is dead.  This type of individualised learning is already a reality in some classrooms and has been accelerated by COVID. New approaches and styles to teaching approaches are being developed including; flipped classrooms /  power of play  / diverse time and place / personalised learning / free choice / project based / field experience / data interpretation/ new style assessments / student ownership and mentoring.  What do we see as being the most productive innovations that will evolve from all these ideas?  Do we need to sit exams in the future?  

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12:00 – 13:00 (UK – GMT) / 16:00 – 17:00 (UAE – GST)  

ai in learning

Speakers include:
Chair: Elena Sinel, Founder and CEO, Teens in AI
- Professor Rose Luckin, CEO of Educate Ventures Research Ltd, and Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab
- Professor David Lane, Professor of Autonomous Systems Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
- Mike Lloyd, Founder, 
- Adrian Lim, Director for Education, Methodist Preschools, Singapore

The panel discussed what are the trends in AI in schools? How will this influence our schooling? Do we need teachers? And how can we prepare for this revolution in learning?  

Watch this Summit session here



13:30 – 14:30 (UK – GMT) / 17:30 – 18:30 (UAE – GST)  

educating children for the needs of the 21st century

Speakers include:
Chair: Jane Mann, Managing Director, Cambridge Partnership for Education, Cambridge University Press and Assessment 
- Aaron Toogood, Associate Professor, De Montfort University
- Dan Howlett, Regional Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC 
- Clare Turnbull, Head of Prep at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Dubai

The panel discussed the skills we need to develop for the 21st century workplace. We see a lot of reports about the 4 Cs, which are communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking. Some people have added 2 more – citizenship and character.  The panel explored what they feel are the subjects we need to focus on and how do we should introduce these into an already packed national curriculum.  

Watch this Summit session here



summit day 2:
10 december 2021



10:00 – 11:00 (UK – GMT) / 14:00 – 15:00 (UAE – GST)  

role of donors in skills development

Speakers include:
Chair: Brajesh Panth, Chief of Education Group, Asian Development Bank
- Rosanna A. Urdaneta, Office of the Deputy Director General (DDG) for Policies and Planning (ODDG-PP), TESDA
- Neil Roberston, CEO, UK National Skill Academy for Rail
- Jonathan Ledger, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Chartered Bodies Specialist, Department for International Trade Education team

This panel shared best practice in shaping policy and strategies that maximise skills development on global future employment. They looked at the role of employer investment, government funding, Aid funding and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment in skills development and education systems. The panel also discussed how skills policy can be directed to ensure that it drives a whole society approach and will provide insight into developing a range of strategies that support the delivery of lasting high level skills for workers. 

Watch this Summit session here



11:30 – 12:30 (UK – GMT) / 15:30 – 16:30 (UAE – GST)  

meeting the needs of every child

Speakers include:
Keynote: Nehad Alhemeiri, UAE Ministry of Community Development
Chair: Annamarie Hassall, CEO, nasen
- Marcus Wilton, Youth Representative, UK
- Fatma Aljasim, UAE Youth Representative
- Professor Eman Gaad, Academic, Researcher & Consultant, The British University in Dubai 
- Danielle Brown MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist, Keynote Speaker and Children's Author

The panel focused on why governments should invest in inclusion and how can they put it into practice.  What are the principles and features of an education workforce that can deliver the ambition and vision for inclusion? How can governments grow the competence and confidence of inclusive educators? What can we learn from other countries to support our national journey to inclusion?  

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13:00 – 14:00 (UK – GMT) / 17:00 – 18:00 (UAE – GST)  

women in it

Speakers include:
Chair: Anna Brailsford, CEO, Code first girls
- Clare Johnson, Partnerships and Outreach Manager (Digital and STEM), University of South Wales 
- Sharon Moore, Vice Chair, BCS Council
- Deepa Mann-Kler, Chief Executive, Neon

The panel discussed how to get more women in IT, how do we encourage girls to consider IT as a career choice?  

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Summit day 3 hosted by de montfort univeristy
11 december 2021


09:00 - 10:00 (UK - GMT) / 13:00 - 14:00 (UAE - GST) 

the future of higher education

Speakers include:
De Montfort University host: Dr Manjeet Ridon, DMU Dubai Provost at De Montfort University
Chair: Professor Sir Steve Smith, UK Government International Education Champion / Prime Minister's Special Representative to Saudi Arabia for Education
- Professor Katie Normington, Chief Executive & Vice Chancellor, De Montfort University 
- Jonathan Nicholls, Senior Higher Education Adviser, FutureLearn 
- Sara Ahmedaziz, Chevening Scholar and Junior Egyptologist 

The panel discussed the trends and future in higher education including the move online, microcredentials, the future of global student mobility and transnational education.

Watch this Summit session here



10:00 - 11:00 (UK - GMT) / 14:00 - 15:00 (UAE - GST) 

teaching entrepreneurship 

Speakers include:
De Montfort University host: Dr Manjeet Ridon, DMU Dubai Provost at De Montfort University
Chair: Shani Dhanda, Entrepreneur, Disability Specialist and Speaker
- Percy Emmett, FCMI, Subject Leader Entrepreneurship, Senior Lecture in Enterprise, Programme leader Global MBA, De Montfort University
- Faith Moyosore Agboola, Student at De Montfort University Global MBA
- Deva Senevirathne, Co-Founder, Sonraí Analytics Ltd

The panel discussed topics including what makes an entrepreneur, can it be taught and how best to do this. 

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12:00 - 13:00 (UK - GMT) / 16:00 - 17:00 (UAE - GST) 

why global girls' education matters

Speakers include:
De Montfort University host: Dr Manjeet Ridon, DMU Dubai Provost at De Montfort University
Chair: Helen Grant, Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Girls' Education
- Antara Ganguli, Head of United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)
- Tracy Edwards MBE, Round the World Yachtswoman, Author, Activist and Founder of The Maiden Factor
- Cristina Bortes, Programme Director, PwC

Ensuring girls in the developing world have access to a quality education is an investment not just in them, but in their communities and their future families. Following COVID-19, this is more important than ever as girls forced from their school rooms by the pandemic are at risk of never returning. Without sustained investments in girls’ education, we will not reverse the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s poorest countries.  

The panel discussed the importance of girls’ education, the impact of the pandemic, and how partners will work together on girls’ education following the outcomes of the Global Education Summit and ahead of the Dubai Cares ReWired conference (12 – 14 December 2021). 

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Green Skills 
Climate Is People: education and skills for climate action

- Dave Reay, Professor of Carbon Management & Education at the University of Edinburgh and Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute 

Education underpins every aspect of climate action, and climate action needs to be a whole society and whole economy response. In this keynote Dave Reay will highlight key opportunities and challenges to realising the Paris Climate Goals and the crucial role of education, green skills and career pathways in ensuring a fair and sustainable transition to net zero. 

Watch this Keynote here

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