GESF Live Blog | Day 2 | 18 March

18 mar. 2018 |

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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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The Global Education & Skills Forum takes place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai. 

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That’s it for this year

Another hugely successful Global Education & Skills Forum is over. Whether it was Jennifer Hudson singing in the Coffee House, or Tony Blair and George Osborne talking the value of politics for education, there’s been an incredible range of discussions.

This is the end of the Live Blog, but we’ll leave you by asking: Do you feel better prepared for the world of 2030?

21:37, 18 March 2018


The Global Teacher Prize Ceremony

Congratulations to Andria Zafirakou from the UK, our 2018 Global Teacher Prize Winner!

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19:33, 18 March 2018


GESF Live!

Another of our hugely successful chat shows is underway, as some major names talk about major issues in education with comedian Rory Bremner.

16:32, 18 March 2018


Spotlight with Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is speaking with Cate Noble, Varkey Foundation COO, talks about her inspirations and her hopes for the future.

15:50, 18 March 2018


GESF Live!

Tony Blair, Brian Lara, Mohamed Sidibay, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres are the latest big names to join us for GESF Live! with Rory Bremner.

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14:08, 18 March 2018


Spotlight: Mo Farah

Mo Farah, European, World and Olympic Champion, discusses his life, career and his commitment to education.

The recently-knighted athlete is speaking with Karen Giles, the headteacher of Barham Primary School and a Varkey Foundation trustee.

13:54, 18 March 2018


Coffee House: Tony Blair and George Osborne in conversation

Two big names from British politics join us in our Coffee House, as Tony Blair and George Osborne talk to Varkey Foundation CEO Vikas Pota.

One the table for discussion: Their times in office, their perspective on current affairs and their views on the world of 2030.

GESF Live!

We have another star-studded cast for our first GESF Live! of Day 2. Rory Bremner is joined by Sir Mo Farah, Dr. Wladimir Klitschko, Ms Priyanka Chopra and Mr Vikas Pota.

11:30, 18 March 2018


Coffee House: Simon Schama

Simon Schama was in our Coffee House this morning, taking questions on history, the future and education.

11:50, 18 March 2018


Closing Plenary

The Closing Plenary is underway and gives an opportunity for delegates to look at how far we’ve come – and how much more is left to do once GESF 2018 is over.

First up: The final pitches and announcement of the winners of the Next Billion Prize.

The three winners are Chatterbox, dot Learn and Teach Me Now. And the overall winner of the trophy? Chatterbox, that employs refugees as foreign language teachers.

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Iyad Rahwan joins us now at GESF to discuss the ethics of technology, drawing on his work on self-driving cars.

Ambarish Mitra is next on stage – an entrepreneur and innovator, he’s talking about how technology will shape our future.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet member and the Minister of State for Tolerance in the UAE, gives a Ministerial statement to the closing plenary. He tells the audience that the technologies that impact teaching will come and go, but it is the values that educators instil in their students that will have a lasting impact.

Three inspiring individuals share their stories of overcoming adversity on the GESF stage. Sungju Lee, Rodrigo Mendes and Emma Yang offer their remarkable perspectives.

10:30, 18 March 2018