GESF Live Blog 2018 | 16 March

16 mar. 2018 |

oday’s Live Blog is now closed. Join us again first thing tomorrow morning.

The Global Education & Skills Forum is taking place in Dubai, UAE from 16-18 March 2018. The theme this year? How do we prepare young people for the world of 2030 and beyond? 

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That’s it for today

So here’s a flavour of what’s new this year and what you can look forward to tomorrow and on Sunday.

18:27, 16 March 2018


Global Teacher Prize – Two days to go

On Sunday, we’ll announce the winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

Read more about the Finalists here, or watch our video of the Top 10

17:54, 16 March 2018


Michael Wamaya: ‘I look up to Obama’

He teaches ballet to more than 430 students a week in Kenya. They don’t have mirrors to see themselves dance, or anything near proper equipment. Yet, Michael Wamaya has inspired so many with his work that he was one of the 10 Global Teacher Prize Finalists last year.

So who inspires him?

That’s an easy question for Wamaya, who had to leave school and worked as a mechanic as a teen before his teaching career began.

“I look up to Obama,” he said at the Tomorrow Summit. “It works so well with my students when I say, ‘Yes, we can.’”

It helps that Obama’s father came from his county, Siaya, in Kenya. To Wayama, Obama always proposed solutions, as he tries to, even in classrooms that might share one book, or not understand the concept of ballet.


“Thanks to my mobile phone, switching it on, I could show them what ballet is,” he said.

Wamaya said he was able to ease his disappointment at not winning last year by being mentioned by name by Kenya’s president, and being able to travel to Ukraine to talk with teachers there.

“If your money is your driving force, you always lose,” he said. “If work is your driving force, you always win.”

As in Kenya, he said, teachers in Ukraine and around the world need more respect, need to be paid appropriately and it needs to be seen as a front-line profession,

To borrow tech terminology to underscore teaching’s importance, Wayama says teachers are loading in the software of the next generation.

15:44, 16 March 2018 

Pictures from the pitches

The pitches for the Next Billion Prize are in full flow. The winner will be decided by delegates, with the prize awarded at Sunday’s closing plenary.


15:25, 16 March 2018

Follow us on social

As well as this live blog, you can follow absolutely everything that’s going on at GESF 2018  on our social channels. There are a few to watch:

13:35, 16 March 2018

Liza Donnelly

Award-winning cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Medium, and resident cartoonist at CBS News Liza Donnelly is here at GESF  sketching away. Here’s her cartoon of Mike Butcher at the Tomorrow Summit.


11:51, 16 March 2018

Next Billion Prize

Today sees the launch of the Next Billion Prize, as some incredible EdTech Start-Ups pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges.

It’s all taking place down in the Tomorrow Zone, with the winner announced later on this weekend.

Vikas Pota (@vikaspota) 16 March 2018