Agenda

  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit

Collect your security badge and welcome pack at the registration check-in desks. They'll be there today up to 22:00.

  • SDG4 Summit

By invitation only. The Philanthropy Summit @GESF brings together foundations, grant-makers and other philanthropic groups to discuss and debate different pathways to delivering positive, sustainable and system-wide change.

  • Classroom

By invitation only.  Every year, the Varkey Foundation convenes the current and former finalists of the Global Teacher Prize. They are the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors - a network of extraordinary teachers from all corners of the world. The Varkey Teacher Ambassador Summit @GESF brings this group together to exchange knowledge, learnings and best-practice. 

  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit

Join a group of emerging market EdTech Start-Ups as they pitch their solutions to the education crisis in the Global South and resource-poor contexts around the world. This is Day 1 of the Next Billion Prize where the panel of expert judges and investors start their search for three winners who will each receive $25,000. 

  • SDG4 Summit

Hosted by the Malala Fund. This Working Session is by invitation only.

  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit

Join us seaside for a sunset reception and networking.

Types of event

  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit
  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit

Collect your security badge and welcome pack at the Registration check-in. Then share a tea or coffee prior to the Opening Plenary.

  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit

Come together with all delegates for the opening of the Global Education & Skills Forum 2019. Hear the deep perspectives from major thought-leaders, public figures and policy-makers as we set out to answer the question for this year's Forum: Who is changing the world?

  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit

Join a group of emerging market EdTech Start-Ups as they pitch their solutions to the education crisis in the Global South and resource-poor contexts around the world. This is Day 2 of the Next Billion Prize where the panel of expert judges and investors start their search for three winners who will each receive $25,000.

  • Changemaker

Alice Wairimu Nderitu’s dream is to “build a generation” of Kenyans for whom the political process is a peaceful one. In 2010 she helped to negotiate the first peaceful elections in Kenya’s Rift Valley in 20 years, stopping a cycle of political violence which two years earlier had killed over 1,300 people and displaced over half a million more.
 
She is the winner of the 2017 Global Pluralism Award and co-founder of Uwiano Platform for Peace, which links early warnings of violence with early response. Today, she also trains female mediators and writes educational materials to teach children about peace and ethnic relations.
 
Hear from this influential changemaker about her life, her work and why education is critical to building peace.
 

  • Alice WAIRIMU NDERITU

    ETHNIC RELATIONS EDUCATOR/ ARMED CONFLICT MEDIATOR
    MDAHALO -BRIDGING DIVIDES
  • Learning Science

We live in an increasingly complex and rapidly rapidly-changing world. In our lifetimes we have already seen remarkable developments in how we work, and our lives become centred around technologies that were not even invented a few years ago.
 
We now live with global challenges that have become part of our local communities. By capitalising on student differences and adapting instruction to individual needs, teachers can help children to reach their full potential—equipping them not only with the competencies to adapt to a changing world but also with the competencies to change the world.
 
Join this Research Briefing to find out how or education systems can adapt to prepare children for what is yet to come.
 

  • Hanna Dumont

    Senior Researcher
    German Institute for International Educational Research
  • Classroom

An initiative of the Varkey Foundation, the $1 million Global Teacher Prize recognises outstanding contributions to the profession.
 
Join this session to hear this year's finalists talk about their life, their work - and what drives their teaching. Which of them will be announced as the 2019 winner later at the Global Education and Skills Forum 2019?
 

  • SDG4 Summit

As a valued Organisational Partner of the Global Education and Skills Forum in 2019 the Malala Fund - Gulmakai Network supports the work of education champions in developing countries and speeds up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world.
 
Join this one-hour discussion, to hear from Malala Fund Gulmakai Champions. They'll talk about their work across different countries and sectors, and debate the role of independent civil society (those individuals, organisations and groups independent of government) in improving girls’ access to quality education around the world.
 

  • Classroom

Take a virtual tour of exceptional classrooms across the world, and see first-hand how teachers are succeeding in different countries and contexts. As a valued Organisational Partner of the Global Education and Skills Forum 2019, Teach For All shares their Global Learning Lab with delegates.
 
See and learn from teachers who are succeeding and thriving in some of the world’s most challenging contexts, and start to re-imagine education to help all students fulfil their potential.
 

  • Classroom

What does a teacher need to know in order to be able to teach tolerance? Is it really their job to do so? 
 
Join this Change in the Classroom discussion, as Global Teacher Prize finalists and expert contributors debate the role of teachers and other educators in building schools which foster a culture of tolerance and co-existence between students of different ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. 

  • Classroom

What does a teacher need to know in order to be able to teach creativity? Can creativity truly be taught?
 
Join this Public Briefing where Global Teacher Prize finalists and expert contributors, debate the role of teachers and the wider education sector in fostering the core values of creativity, originality and individuality, as well as in building the skills that students need to move from copying a masterpiece to creating their own work of art.
 

  • Changemaker

Matteo Renzi served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 2014 to 2016 and became the youngest person to lead a government in the country’s modern history, as well as the youngest leader in the G7. Nicknamed Il Rottamatore (The Scrapper), Renzi oversaw an ambitious programme of reforms targeting the Italian political establishment.
 
The former Prime Minister has been recognised by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. Hear from this influential changemaker as he reflects on his life of public service and his work in government to reform laws. He'll share what it takes to make public institutions more accountable, and what he sees as the key challenges in education today.
 

  • Matteo Renzi

    Former Prime Minister of Italy
  • Learning Science

 Can Artificial Intelligence help a generation of young learners in Africa gain literacy? More than finding the right technology platforms - how can we can address the implicit values and practices embedded in these systems that differ across contexts?
 
While AI-based systems have shown great success in learning gains, most development and evaluation of such systems has been limited to WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic) places. These technologies have the potential for enormous impact if they can serve the next billion learners in the Global South.
 
However, barriers remain to harnessing the power of advanced educational technology for all learners. Join this Research Briefing to re-imagine how these technologies can respond to diversity in cultural and socioeconomic contexts. 
 

  • Amy Ogan

    Assistant Professor
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • Classroom

Take a virtual tour of exceptional classrooms across the world, and see first-hand how teachers are succeeding in different countries and contexts. The Teach For All Global Learning Lab provides an opportunity to see and learn from the insights of teachers who are succeeding and thriving in some of the world’s most challenging contexts, and to show how we can start to re-imagine education to help all students fulfil their potential.

  • Classroom

How can teachers and schools empower young people to be good students, citizens and changemakers? Join this Change in the Classroom discussion between Global Teacher Prize finalists and expert contributors on the role of student agency in education, as well as on the critical skills that students need to take control of their learning in the classroom.

  • Vishal Talreja

    Cofounder
    Dream a Dream
  • EduPolicy

Social impact bonds are an increasingly popular model for the public, private and philanthropic sectors to work together. But what is their potential for education, skills and development? Join our panel of experts at this Public Briefing as they discuss the rise of social impact bonds across the world and explore the ways in which this innovative new way to finance changemaking is helping to drive positive social impact across different sectors.

  • Richard Hawkes

    Chief Executive
    British Asian Trust
  • Safeena Hussain

    Founder and Executive Director
    Educate Girls
  • Changemaker

Kondo Moussa is the country director of Accountability Lab Mali, which supports change-makers to build integrity in their communities. He oversees the organisation’s work to educate young people in leadership and to promote good governance, honesty and integrity in public service. Moussa is a 2018 Obama Fellow, and in 2015 was also selected as one of the top young African leaders to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Hear from this influential changemaker. His life, his work and why he believes that celebrating integrity can change the world.

  • Kondo Moussa

    Country Director
    Accountability Lab Mali
  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • Learning Science

Millions of children across sub-Saharan Africa fail to learn to read. How does the brain learn to read when faced with the challenges of inconsistent access to education and poor educational quality? Using educational neuroscience, with the help of new portable brain imaging tools, we can track language, cognitive, and reading development and measure how the brain’s reading network develops in children at high-risk for illiteracy (i.e. child cocoa laborers in impoverished communities). Join this Research Briefing to find out how these brain-imaging methods offer an unprecedented insight into the neurobiology of literacy in never-before studied populations of children.

  • Kaja Jasinska

    Assistant Professor
    University of Delaware
  • SDG4 Summit

How can the international community deliver quality education in crisis situations, and ensure that girls are not shut out of the classroom? Led by Plan International Canada, join this Public Briefing from expert contributors as they share and explore the key lessons learned from crisis-response around the world.

  • Learning Science

The end of the traditional classroom has been predicted on many occasions over the last few decades. However, many of the attempts to change the way that children learn have not ultimately delivered on their promise of greater learning outcomes. Join this Research Roundtable between researchers and Global Teacher Prize finalists on the future of the classroom. They'll debate the extent to which innovation and disruption are needed in the way that children are taught around the world.

  • Hanna Dumont

    Senior Researcher
    German Institute for International Educational Research
  • Amy Ogan

    Assistant Professor
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Classroom
  • Changemaker

A new generation of changemakers are working across Sub-Saharan Africa to transform classrooms, schools and education systems. Join Teach For All and their expert contributors in this Public Briefing as they discuss and debate the future of changemaking in education across the region, and identify the initiatives with the greatest potential to deliver positive impact.

  • Classroom

It’s well known that girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, but what can be done to address the gap? Join this Change in the Classroom discussion between Global Teacher Prize finalists and expert contributors on the pervasive barriers to girls in STEM, and how teachers, policy-makers and parents can work together to enable girls to succeed.

  • Athar Osama

    Founder
    Pakistan Innovation Foundation
  • Classroom

To make your jobs as educators easier, start early and get everyone involved. Learn from experts from different sectors focused on the early years of a child's life from the perspective of neuroscience, parent engagement, and urban development, about their insights on how. Session led by Bernard van Leer Foundation. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • Learning Science

We are born with ancient brains into rich cultures. But how do children become fully functioning members of a species that relies overwhelmingly on abstract symbols to think and communicate? Join this Research Briefing as we explore what we know about how children learn numerical symbols, including the dynamic brain changes associated with learning symbols and the way that symbols allow the human brain to transcend its evolutionary constraints. Experts will also discuss the importance of early symbolic number learning for later mathematical achievement, and furthermore set out some of the best practices in the early years for the teaching of symbolic numbers.

  • Daniel Ansari

    Professor
    The University of Western Ontario
  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • SDG4 Summit

The early years of a teacher's journey are the most critical. How do we support them effectively to develop their confidence and move towards mastery? Hear ideas on how, including from the often missing voice of teachers themselves. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Classroom

The classroom is the most important changemaking space in education. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from world-class teachers about how they are using their own classrooms to address the key issues that are affecting the education sector. Delegates will also hear responses to these issues from expert contributors from the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Choose from a range of different discussions on the role of the classroom in changing the world, from the challenges of fostering innovation, tolerance and student agency; to how teachers can address systemic issues like the under-representation of girls in STEM subjects.

  • EduPolicy

What is it like to go to school in the country with the biggest education system in the world? Learn from leading Chinese educators and education investors as they share their insights from the field. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Yan Wang

    Teacher
    Beijing No. 8 High School
  • Russell Hazard

    Teaching, Learning, and Innovation
    NIT Education Group/Aidi School
  • Classroom

If the best learning happens outside the classroom, then why don't more schools do it? Are there ways that they can? Or can students learn just as well inside of them? Here how some schools have made it possible, as well as views on whether or not everyone should try. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • John May

    Secretary General
    The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation
  • Classroom

With tens of thousands of teachers leaving the profession each year, we lose huge value and experience from our classrooms. Pay is only a small part of the picture. What do we need to do to keep great teachers in classrooms over the long run? Listen in to an honest conversation about the reasons teachers leave, and what we can do to make them stay. Session led by Institute of Education, University College London.

  • Changemaker

Juan Manuel Santos is the former President of Colombia and the sole recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world. As Colombia’s president from 2010-2018, Santos worked to end the conflict with the FARC armed group, reduced the housing deficit by half and launched the most ambitious infrastructure plan in the country’s history. Under his leadership, Colombia became a regional leader in economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction, sustainable development and the enhancement of Information and Communications Technology. Former President Santos was named as Statesman of the Year by the World Economic Forum in 2017 and he has also been included twice in TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Due to his tenacity and determination to achieve peace and reconciliation in Colombia, in 2016 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.”

  • Juan Manuel Santos

    President of Colombia (2010-2018) and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient (2016)
    Colombia
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy

The Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Status Index is the most comprehensive study ever of teacher respect around the world. Published in 2018, the latest edition of the Index is based on an opinion poll of over 35,000 adults and over 5,500 additional teachers across 35 countries. In this Private Briefing for elite policy-makers, lead researcher Professor Peter Dolton will present his key findings for different countries, including public opinion on the status of teachers, teacher pay and teacher working hours.

  • 200485875

    Professor & Research Director
    National Institute of Economic and Social Research and University of Sussex
  • Classroom

By 2030, demand for teachers in low-income countries will nearly double and in some countries half of all graduates leaving university will need to become teachers to meet it. The purpose of education and the skills that young people will need are also changing. So is our understanding of how children’s brains develop and how they best learn. An expert panel of contributors, led by the Education Commission, will discuss the future of the education workforce in this Public Briefing. They'll debate the evolving role of the teacher through technology, collaboration and the changing learning environment - including greater personalisation of learning. PUBLIC BRIEFINGS Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like in practice. 

  • Learning Science

Educational Neuroscience is closing the gap between the lab to the classroom. In time, this exciting new field of study and practice may provide innovative tools for educators and learners alike. Join this Research Roundtable where leading academic researchers and world class teachers discuss how a teacher’s practice may relate to research findings – and how neuroscience may inform and even transform what happens in a classroom.

  • Daniel Ansari

    Professor
    The University of Western Ontario
  • Kaja Jasinska

    Assistant Professor
    University of Delaware
  • Classroom

There is growing concern around the threat of gun violence in US schools, including mass shootings. Hear US teachers talk about the work that they are doing to address the issue and help make their classrooms safe for their students.

  • Classroom

The world's biggest problems require our best leaders to solve them. Who are they, where are they and how can we unlock their potential to change the world? Session led by Teach for All. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • SDG4 Summit

Most efforts in education continue to focus on teachers. But what about those who lead them? Should we be spending more time focusing on school principal effectiveness? If so, where do we go from there? Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy

Are 21st century skills essential, or a waste of precious time when most children still struggle to master the basics? Hear a spectrum of views from our experts on where they think our priorities should lie, and why. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Tiago Brandão Rodrigues

    Minister
    Portuguese Ministry of Education
  • Yuhyun Park

    Founder and CEO
    DQ Institute
  • Vishal Talreja

    Cofounder
    Dream a Dream
  • Changemaker
  • Classroom

LITTLE MIX, RITA ORA AND LIAM PAYNE TO CELEBRATE TEACHERS AT INAUGURAL GLOBAL TEACHER PRIZE CONCERT IN DUBAI
 
On the eve of the Global Teacher Prize ceremony, The Varkey Foundation is launching ‘The Assembly: a Global Teacher Prize Concert’ to thank teachers for their unsung work and spread the message of teacher respect to the next generation.
Ten thousand people are expected to join Little Mix, who are headlining the event, together with Rita Ora and Liam Payne, at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in paying tribute to one of the world’s most important professions.
The festival-style concert, hosted by Virgin Radio’s Kris Fade and featuring a supporting set by DJ Jacques Lavoisier, will see the stars performing many of their greatest hits.
 

Types of event

  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit
  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit

Join us for the GESF 2019 Address and the final of the Next Billion Edtech Prize.

  • Steven Pinker

    Author of ENLIGHTENMENT NOW and THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE
  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • Changemaker
  • Learning Science

For years, Yuhyun Park has worked to transform our understanding of digital literacy. Through her pioneering and award-winning work on how technology intersects with education, she developed a digital citizenship education platform for children in South Korea and Singapore as well as the Digital Intelligence Quotient (DQ) education framework. Today, she oversees numerous initiatives aimed at helping children to navigate the digital world safely. Hear this influential changemaker talk about her life, her work and why she believes we need to do more to prepare our children for the digital future.

  • Yuhyun Park

    Founder and CEO
    DQ Institute
  • Learning Science

We spend roughly a third of our lives sound asleep, and for good reason. Sleep is central to nearly every brain and bodily function we can identify, including our ability to learn. In practice, however, school-aged children and adolescents routinely experience insufficient sleep. In order to prepare the next generation of students to succeed, we must first appreciate the power of sleep to aid daytime function. In this Research Briefing you will hear the latest research into why sleep is critical for learning.

  • Jared Saletin

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Classroom

What does quality education for girls look like in different classrooms around the world? Join this Public Briefing where Global Teacher Prize finalists and Malala Fund Gulmakai Champions reflect on the successes and challenges in different countries and contexts, and debate what more teachers can do to ensure that their classrooms are safe and effective environments for girls to learn.

  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy

Teacher quality, status and conditions matter in the classroom - and beyond. However, a growing body of research suggests that the status of teaching as a profession remains very low and is on the decline in many countries. Led by Education International, this Public Briefing will discuss and share concrete strategies for improving the professional status of teachers and ensuring decent work for all educators.

  • Classroom

Music, as the renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks once wrote, is manifest and central in every culture on Earth, and we are a musical species as much as we are a linguistic one; our minds tuned to hear a broad range of tones, timbre, pitch and melody. But why should music matter in education? Join this Change in the Classroom discussion between Global Teacher Prize finalists and expert contributors as they debate the importance of learning about music in the classroom, and whether music itself can be effective as a teaching tool in the education sector more broadly.

  • EduPolicy
  • SDG4 Summit

Join a discussion between former heads of government and State as they look back on their time in office, consider their legacies for education and compare what they’ve learned about changemaking at the highest level.

  • Laura Chinchilla

    Former President, Professor and Consultant
    Various
  • Matteo Renzi

    Former Prime Minister of Italy
  • Juan Manuel Santos

    President of Colombia (2010-2018) and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient (2016)
    Colombia
  • EduPolicy
  • SDG4 Summit

How does a system best educate large refugee populations, while also ensuring university graduates are employable? Learn about the unique regional challenges that MENA faces, and what their leaders are doing about them. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Leila Hoteit

    Partner and Managing Director
    Boston Consulting Group
  • Sabri Saidam

    Minister
    Ministry of Education & Higher Education
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit

  • EduPolicy

  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • SDG4 Summit

The Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Status Index is the most comprehensive study ever of teacher respect around the world. Published in 2018, the latest edition of the Index is based on an opinion poll of over 35,000 adults and over 5,500 additional teachers across 35 countries. In this Public Briefing , lead researcher Professor Peter Dolton will present his key findings on the Global Teacher Status Index, including on whether teacher status is rising or falling globally, how teachers are seen relative to other professions, what people think of teacher’s wages and working hours – and whether teacher status is linked to pupil outcomes.

  • 200485875

    Professor & Research Director
    National Institute of Economic and Social Research and University of Sussex
  • Learning Science

Smartphone ownership has soared in recent years and adolescents today represent the most digitally connected generation the world has seen. However, many educators and parents fear that this constant connection to mobile technology and social media is harming children. Media reports depict social media as an addictive drug that is damaging young minds and disconnecting children from the world. The narrative around social media and smartphones is frightening – but science and streaming data from young people’s devices tells a different story. This Research Briefing highlights key findings regarding the effects of new technologies on children’s still developing minds, social relationships, and health using information gathered directly from young peoples’ mobile phones and wearable devices.

  • Candice Odgers

    Professor
    University of California Irvine
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • SDG4 Summit

The education outlook in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa is absolutely critical to global efforts to deliver access to universal quality education by 2030. Join this Public Briefing where the panel of experts and elite policy-makers as they reflect on the latest research about the state of education across the region and debate possible solutions to key issues of access, quality and equity.

  • Classroom

The classroom is the primary space available to teachers to test new practices, learning techniques and pedagogy. However, valuable learnings from classrooms around the world are being lost because teachers have so few professional paths to share what they’ve learned. Join this Change in the Classroom discussion between Global Teacher Prize finalists and expert contributors as they discuss how the education and skills sectors can learn about promising innovations in the classroom, and debate the extent to which change in the classroom can drive innovation in other sectors.

  • SDG4 Summit

Across the world, NGOs are working to provide development assistance and vital services to education systems eroded by systemic poverty or badly damaged by conflict, political crisis and natural disaster. Join our expert contributors from key NGOs in this Public Briefing as they discuss the key lessons they’ve learned from their work and debate the role of such groups in education, development and emergency-response. 

  • EduPolicy
  • Classroom

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities face a range of barriers to participating in education and the workforce. Join a Public Briefing with expert contributors as they examine cases where organisations have made fundamental changes in order to include and enable people with disabilities and special needs, and the key lessons we can learn.

  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • Changemaker

Nedgine Paul Deroly is the co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti), which is working to build a Haitian-led movement of civic leaders to spread educational equity. Haiti faces a range of serious challenges to education and over 80% of the country’s primary schools operate outside the public sector and are run by for-profit organisations, faith-based groups and other NGOs. Nedgine has been named among the top global social innovators by Echoing Green, selected for the Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneurs, and is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Obama Foundation Fellowship. Hear Nedgine talk about her life-changing work at Anseye Pou Ayiti and what she thinks can help change education in the country for the better.

  • Nedgine Paul Deroly

    CEO
    Anseye Pou Ayiti
  • Learning Science

Over 10 million people have been genotyped worldwide and researchers have now identified the genetic variants associated with success in education. Today, a researcher can use a person’s genetic code to predict how many years of schooling they will complete – and this prediction will be just as accurate as if the researcher had used a traditional predictor of academic success like family income. This revolution in genetics poses fundamental questions for what we think we know about education. Join this Research Briefing to find out how we can ensure that the capabilities of every child are maximized, regardless of the genes they happened to be born with.

  • Paige Harden

    Professor
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • EduPolicy

In their first months in office, a new minister of education will often try to deliver radical changes to their country’s education system. But in many cases these policies will fail, with potentially severe consequences for a country’s students and teacher workforce. Join this Public Briefing between former ministers of education as they talk about their own attempts to change education systems, and debate what ministers need to know to make a policy that looks good on paper work in the real world. Contributors to this session are all members of the Varkey Foundation’s Atlantis Group of former ministers of education and heads of government, established to provide expert advice to governments and new thinking around key issues in global education.

  • SDG4 Summit

Funders are always looking for innovative new ideas with the potential to change the world, but how do they decide which ones to back and which to leave alone? In this exciting new format @GESF, would-be changemakers will have just a few minutes to pitch their new projects to a judging panel of leading donors who may choose to support or reject the proposals.

  • Classroom

What does it take to win the $1 million Global Teacher Prize? Join a Change in the Classroom conversation between previous winners of the Global Teacher Prize as they talk about their lives, their teaching and the impact that the prize has made to their classrooms and wider community.

  • EduPolicy

Public-private partnerships were once the holy grail for development.As evidence grows from interventions around the world, thought leaders from academia, government and the development sector tell us what works, or if PPPs really work at all. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Nick Canning

    CEO
    Kizazi
  • Asif Saleh

    Senior Director (Strategy,Communication and Empowerment)
    BRAC
  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

  • SDG4 Summit

In the US alone, over $410 billion as spent on philanthropy last year. With hundreds of billions being given away globally every year, we bring together leading thinkers and foundation leaders to share their insights on a fundamental question: does it make a difference? Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • Learning Science

Adolescence is a fascinating and complex transitions in life. Self-discovery. Emerging independence. Moving from childhood to adulthood. This is a highly formative phase where develeopmental challenges and opportunities can shape a learner's life course. For much of this century, scientists and scholars tended to assume that the changes associated with adolescence were almost entirely dictated by biological influences. Today the field of adolescent development has begun to embrace multi-dimentional views of this phase of life. Join this Research Briefing to hear how biology is only one factor that affects young people's development and behavior. 

  • Classroom

Take a class with one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Each live, 30-minute lesson will showcase the different methods, learnings and values that helped to secure the teacher's place in the final of the US$1 million prize.

Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like across the different strands of GESF 2019. 

  • EduPolicy
  • Classroom

Since its creation almost two decades ago, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has fundamentally changed the international education landscape. Today, PISA commands the attention of governments, global organisations and the world’s media. In 2015, over half a million students representing 72 countries took the test that assessed their science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. But what will be PISA’s legacy? Join our panel of expert contributors in this Public Briefing as they consider the impact that PISA has had on education systems across the world and debate its potential for the future.

  • Changemaker
  • Classroom

Sports have the power to bring people together like no other medium. But can they really change the lives of young people for the better? Watch a panel of leading sportspeople in this Public Briefing debate the role of sports in the classroom and across the education sector more broadly, and hear their reflections on what their sports have taught them about what it takes to succeed at the highest levels.

  • Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi

    Teacher, Lecturer, Researcher (Top Ten Finalist Global Teacher Prize)
    Comprehensive School / University of Muenster
  • Brian Lara

    Former West Indian Cricketer
  • Agustin Pichot

    President
    Pegsa Gorup s.a
  • Susannah Rodgers

    Paralympic Athlete/Non-Executive Director/Consultant
    Spirit of 2012
  • Sebastian Verón

    Chairman
    Club Estudiantes de La Plata
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy

As leaders struggle to improve the fundamentals of their education systems, they are also faced with preparing students for a world of work that is rapidly changing. There is an urgency to act, but a spectrum of ideas and perspectives on how and what to do to prepare students for the future of work. This session is private and by invitation only.

  • Classroom

Has the failure of our education system to modernize led students to become disconnected from school? Hear advocates both for and against the traditional model of western schooling, addressing issues across the spectrum of mental illness, social injustice and media. Session led by Institute of Education, UCL. Public Briefings deliver the latest news, analysis and thinking on the key issues that are changing the education and skills sectors. In this series of one-hour discussions, delegates will hear from expert contributors on who is changing the world, and what changemaking looks like in practice. 

  • Becky Francis

    Director
    UCL Institute for Education
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit

On paper, Educational Technology and Learning Sciences are two fields that belong together. In practice, however, researchers are often unaware of the latest innovations taking place in educational technology and start-up companies developing such technology often lack an adequate understanding of key educational concepts. In this Research Roundtable curated by the Jacobs Foundation and Tmrw Digital, innovators from both fields will come together to exchange views, discuss common issues and develop solutions together.

  • EduPolicy

The UK is set to exit from the European Union in March 2019, a move that will fundamentally change both the international community and global economy. But how will Brexit change the lives of young people living in the UK and across the world today? Join our panel of experts in this Public Briefing as they discuss the impact of the UK’s exit from Europe and its likely consequences for education, skills and young people’s futures.

  • Changemaker

Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist who has been named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. His work has helped millions demystify the science behind human language, thought, and action. Pinker is a Harvard professor, a TED speaker, and a bestselling author who has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Join this influential changemaker to hear about his life, his work and who he thinks is really changing the world.

  • Steven Pinker

    Author of ENLIGHTENMENT NOW and THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE
  • Changemaker

Join us for the culimination of this year's GESF as we recognize world's best teacher and celebrate the very best educators from countries all around the globe.

Types of event

  • Changemaker
  • Classroom
  • EduPolicy
  • Learning Science
  • Next Billion Ed Tech Summit
  • SDG4 Summit