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GESF Live Blog | Day 2 | 19 March 2017

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The live blog has now ended.
 
The Global Education and Skills Forum is taking place on 18th and 19th March 2017 in Dubai, UAE, with the theme of “How do we make ‘real’ global citizens?”
 
Congratulations to our Global Teacher Prize 2017 winner Maggie MacDonnell of Canada
 
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Find out more about Maggie here.
 
Guests enjoy dinner as GESF 2017 comes to a close
 
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Delegates of The Global Education and Skills Forum 2017, and guests of the Global Teacher Prize enjoy dinner as the Forum and Awards ceremony comes to a close.
 
The live blog coverage has now ended. For more details about GESF and the Global Teacher Prize visit our websites:
 
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Maggie MacDonnell has been named the 2017 Global #TeacherPrize Winner #TeachersMatter #GESF pic.twitter.com/wYsuT7ybE3

— Global Teacher Prize (@TeacherPrize) March 19, 2017


 
19:15 | Global Teacher Prize 2017 winner Maggie MacDonnell is congratulated by Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau
 
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau congratulated Maggie MacDonnell on winning the 2017 Global Teacher Prize.
 


 
Maggie, originally from Nova Scotia, lives and works in Salluit, an Inuit village deep in the Canadian Arctic.
 
Find out more about Maggie here.
 
19:03 | 2017: The year the Global Teacher Prize was announced from Space
 


 
18:44 | Bear Grylls makes an entrance at the Global Teacher Prize
 
Adventurer, survivalist and TV presenter Bear Grylls arrived in style at the Global Teacher Prize Award Ceremony 2017.
 
The education advocate and Chief Scout of the UK jumped out of a helicopter in order to bring the coveted Global Teacher Prize Trophy to the ceremony.
 


 
18:23 | Global Teacher Prize begins with performance by Andrea Bocelli
 
The Global Teacher Prize award ceremony 2017 has began with a performance by world renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli.
 
Earlier on GESF Day 2 Mr Bocelli was interviewed in a Meet the Mentor session hosted by Vikas Pota, Chief Executive of the Varkey Foundation.
 

 

 
17:50 | Starting soon: The Global Teacher Prize Top 10  
 
Soon the Global Teacher Prize will be awarded to one of the Top 10 finalists. Find out more about them all here.  
 

 
17:20 | The future began in 2007
 
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A decade ago, the world change in a way that was so significant, so big, that the human race has been changed forever. This is according to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who believes the change was so great it could be seen as the point where the past ended and the future began.
 
“In time, 2007 may be understood as the single greatest technological inflection point since Gutenberg invented the printing press.”
 
Read more here.
 
16:31 | Is the rise in populism a failure in education?
 
In the immediate aftermath of the UK’s vote to depart the European Union, Google Trends saw a spike in the number of searches for questions like “what is the EU?” and “what will happen if we leave the EU?”
 
Later in 2016, Pew Research showed a wide gap in US presidential preferences between those with and without post-secondary credentials, with the latter favouring the candidacy of populist candidate Donald Trump.
 
I this rise in populism due to education or a lack of it?
 


 


 


 
16:11 | Girls’ Education
 
Public Briefing: A Briefing on Girls’ Education
 
Tremendous progress has been made on efforts to enrol girls and boys in school in equal numbers.
 
To build on those achievements, though, it is imperative that the global education community places its focus on ensuring that girls complete secondary education with the skills they need for healthy and productive lives and livelihoods.
 


 


 
15:45 | Can and should robots replace teachers?
 
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Robots aren’t just entering the workforce – they are learning new skills and operating with a speed and efficiency that can’t be matched by human counterparts.
 
Nearly 69 million additional teachers are needed to meet the goals of universal education outlined in the sustainable development agenda (UNESCO UIS), the rise of the robots provides an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate educational progress and to harness the potential of tools like artificial intelligence to deliver learning outcomes that exceed those being delivered today.
 


 


 
15:30 | Meet the Mentor: Andreas Schleicher
 
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Andreas Schleicher is the OECD’s Director for Education and Skills.

Mr. Schleicher shares his insight into how he entered into the world of education research, highlight key components of a high-quality education, and examine the classroom components that are common across the world’s top performing education systems.
 

 

 
15:05 | Artist Sacha Jafri
 
Artist Sacha Jafri has continued to work on his interpretation of global citizenship today.
 


 
14:36 | Debate Chamber – This House Believes that Academic Selection is the Best Way to Help Poor Children
 
Fiery debate in the chamber this afternoon.
 
Evidence suggests that going to a highly selective school is particularly beneficial for students living in low-income households, and yet, many children don’t have access to such schools.
 
In the absence of selection, families without the means to pay for private education or to move to a better district have limited options for improving the quality of instruction that their children receive.
 


 


 


 
14:15 | EdTalk with Omar Samra
 
 
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Omar Samra is an adventurer, mountaineer, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and future astronaut.
 
He was the first Egyptian to summit Mount Everest, the 7 Summits, and to ski to both the Geographic South and North Pole, a feat which is referred to as The Explorer’s Grand Slam.
 
In his EdTalk, Omar emphasized the importance of adventure, risk and excitement in education, and explain why young people need to be introduced to the broadest set of experiences in order to become well-rounded individuals.
 
13:53 | Meet the Mentor – Andrea Bocelli interviewed by Vikas Pota
 
A living example of the power of art and music to connect people across the globe, Mr. Bocelli will share his thoughts on the importance of music and the arts in the lives of young people and provide insight into the work of his Foundation and the ways in which it is empowering individuals across the world.
 


 

13:42 | Writing robots
 
Writing is one of the most complex actions any of us must learn. Many children face early challenges and it can be a long, slow process. So, what if rather than using technology to help children learn, you flip and teach the technology to write? That’s what Co-Writer aims to do.
 
The ‘protégé effect’ shows that we can learn more by preparing others – and also understand our own mistakes.
 


 
13:17 | Debate Chamber: This house belives education technology in the classroom is a waste of time and money
 


 


 
Global spending on technology in the classroom will surpass $19 billion by 2019 (Fortune).
 
As that cost suggests, technology’s importance in education is increasing – and so are expectations for measurable returns on this investment.
 
While many sing the praises of IT in the classroom, recent evidence suggests that tech’s impact in the classroom is limited (OECD).
 
Is this the case?
 


 


 
13:10 | Solve MIT at GESF 2017
 
How can we limit technology’s negative disruptions, and maximize its benefits? How to design and live in cities that produce zero waste?
 
Solve MIT brought GESF a workshop to demonstrate.
 


 


 
12:45 | The DevEx Den
 
Education and leadership have never been more critical for Africa’s economic development. In Ghana and Uganda where almost half of the population is below 25 years old. It is estimated that 50% of the world’s children will be African by the turn of the Century.
 
The question is what kind of education will they receive?
 
Teach For Uganda and Teach For Ghana  presented an innovative approach to building a movement for Africa’s most promising future leaders from all academic and professional backgrounds to the DevEx “dragons”.

 


 

12:17 | Meet the Mentor: Sadhguru

 

Having made it his mission to help others achieve inner well-being and to reach their full potential, Sadhguru has a truly unique perspective on how each of us can find fulfillment, meaning, and spiritual well-being in the modern world.

Sandhhguru encoraged educators to let children engage with nature, rather than spending time on computers. However, the yogi did emphasise that technology can be a tool of empowerment.


 


 
12:10 | Olympic Refugee Team Public Briefing
 

The team spoke at a Public Briefing with the press. Coach Geraldo Bernardes discussed combining sports with education saying that together they can transform people’s lives.
 


 

11:15 | Olympic athletes, global citizens: the Refugee Olympic team

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The Refugee Olympic team spoke to the Day 2 Plenary at GESF 2017.

The first of it’s kind, the Refugee Olympic team competed at the games in Rio last year.

10 refugees from four countries competed in the Summer Olympic Games showing the true spirit of global citizenship.

 


 

10:45 | Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Friedman talks to the Day 2 Plenary

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tom Friedman spoke to GESF delegates about the big forces in the world today, how they are changing work, and what it means to educators.

Mr Friedman identified 2007 as the year that sparked a period of remarkable and accelerated technological growth.


 

10:34 | 2016 Global Teacher Prize winner, announces launch of “Teachers for Peace”


 
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Hanan Al Hroub the winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize spoke to the Day 2 Plenary of FESF 2017.
 
Hanan grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp, Bethlehem, where she was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatised by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school.
 
This morning at GESF she announced a new initiative, “Teachers for Peace” to establish safe places for education free of violence.
 


 
10:13 | H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, addresses delegates at GESF
 
H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, addressed delegates at the Day 2 Plenary of GESF 2017.
 
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H.E. Sheikh Nahyan discussed the way we can create “real” global citizens. The theme of this year’s conference, saying that it will happen when we see and hear people from diverse cultures.
 


 
10:02 | Vikas Pota announces six new GESF alliance expert groups
 
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Six new international expert groups were launched today to tackle some of education’s most important challenges, comprising leading thinkers from academia, government and business.
 
Vikas Pota, Chief Executive of the Varkey Foundation announced.
 
They will meet later today for first time this weekend at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF).
 

09:40 | Argentina announced as GESF Country Partner for 2018

At the GESF Day 2 Plenary this morning Argentina was announced as the second ever country partner for GESF. Argentinian Education Minister, Esteban Bullrich, said Argentina will be pushing the global teaching agenda because education unites us.


 
09:20 | Adventurer Bear Grylls talks at the Day 2 Plenary
 
Survivalist, adventurer and TV personality, Bear Grylls spoke to the GESF delegates gathered at the Day 2 Plenary this morning.
 
He shared his experiences of climbing Mount Everest after recovering from a 1996 parachuting accident.
 


 


 
08:59 | The Global Teacher Prize Top 10
 
Tonight the Global Teacher Prize will be awarded to one of the Top 10 finalists. Find out more about them all here.
 


 
08:42 | Is Spanish your first language?

You can follow @FundacionVarkey on Twitter for updates about GESF in Spanish.

 


08:35 | The Day Two Plenary is about to begin

At the Day Two Plenary we’ll hear from 2016 Global Teacher Prize Winner Hanan Al Hroub.

Hanan grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp, Bethlehem, where she was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatised by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school.

Her experiences in meetings and consultations to discuss her children’s behaviour, development and academic performance in the years that followed led Hanan to try to help others who, having grown up in similar circumstances, require special handling at school.

Find out more about last year’s winner here.

 

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08:22| Later today – Meet the Mentor – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Having made it his mission to help others achieve inner well-being and to reach their full potential, Sadhguru has a truly unique perspective on how each of us can find fulfillment, meaning, and spiritual well-being in the modern world.

Join us for an in-depth conversation with yogi, mystic, visionary, and founder of the Isha Foundation.

 

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08:10 | Insight from GESF Day 1

Schools can be transformed according to Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills at the OECD. Speaking at GESF yesterday Mr Schleicher said that the most successful societies were often the most creative ones. The more diverse our children’s interests and experiences, the more they are encouraged to work with their peers to address problems in new ways, the better prepared they will be for the new digital age.

Find out more.

 

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07:55 | Later Today

The Day 2 Morning Plenary begins at 08:30. Delegates will be

Delegates will come together to see how far we have developed scalable solutions surrounding this year’s theme after Day 1.

Main Stage

 

07:15 | Miss the action yesterday?

Check out the highlights of Day One of this years forum on yesterday’s live blog.

 

07:03 | The theme for 2017

This year delegates will be looking to answer the question: “How do we create ‘real’ global citizens?” Find out more about the role of teachers in creating global citizens here.

 

07:00 | Welcome to Day 2 of GESF 2017

Welcome to the second day of the Global Education & Skills Forum 2017. Our live blog will keep you up-to-date on all of the key developments from the Forum. Or follow @GESForum on Twitter or the hashtag #GESF for more live updates.

 

The Global Education and Skills Forum is taking place on 18th and 19th March 2017 in Dubai, UAE, with the theme of “How do we make ‘real’ global citizens?”