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Tanzania's Ubongo wins 'Next Billion' EdTech Prize 2019

Ubongo, which creates fun, localised and multi-platform educational media that reaches millions of families through accessible technologies, has won the 'Next Billion' Edtech Prize 2019. The prize is an initiative of the Varkey Foundation to recognise the most innovative technology destined to have a radical impact on education in low income and emerging world countries.

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EMOTIV and Varkey Foundation team up for world's first Neurotech-Ed STEAM solution

EMOTIV, the global leader in personalised neuroinformatics, will roll out the world’s first Neurotech-Ed program with the support of the Varkey Foundation in Fall 2019, tailored for ages 10-18 it will provide lesson plans to complement curriculum across all disciplines of STEAM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). 

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UAE set to be world leader in creating a knowledge-based economy: HE Sheikh Nahayan

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, addresses the audience at 7th Global Education & Skills Forum to discuss the importance of the forum for the UAE in helping the country meet its development objectives. Renowned author and cognitive psychologist professor Steven Pinker and Syrian child Twitter activist Bana Al-Abed the stars at second day’s first session.

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Teachers debate gun violence 

US teachers call for compassion and collaboration in dealing with violence in schools.

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Education is the antidote

Action through education is the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals involving climate change, corruption and quality of life, says former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos.

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Technology fear factors must be addressed

Technology is an enabler of education, but its fear factors that must be addressed. The Education Ministers of Kenya and Ghana met to discuss how Edtech can promote learning at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. 

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Pamoja Education to teach world-class Cambridge secondary curriculum globally

Thousands of Cambridge International schools across the world to be able to offer new range of courses online from September 2019.

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Britain's unsung education export

With 1.3 million young people participating in more than 130 countries and territories, this great British initiative, is in fact a great British export.

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Julius Maada Bio, Juan Manuel Santos and Rana Al-Abed among speakers @GESF 2019

Seventh annual Global Education & Skills Forum to focus on a new generation of change-makers that are shaping the world of tomorrow.

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UAE Teacher named in top 50 shortlist for Global Teacher Prize 2019

Rashed Hashem, a Physical Education and Health teacher at Al Moatasem Public School for boys in Baniyas, Abu Dhabi, UAE, has been included in the top 50 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019. 

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Little Mix, Rita Ora, Liam Payne and Loren Allred celebrate teachers 

The Varkey Foundation launched ‘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. Thousands of people joined Little Mix, who headlined the event, together with Rita Ora, Liam Payne, and Loren Allred at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

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UAE to partner with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award 

Today at the Global Education and Skills Forum, Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, UAE, an MOU was signed between the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation in the presence of HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, and HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO.  Together the organisations will work together to promote the values of tolerance and the development of young people.

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World’s first global standard for digital literacy and skills launched

Today launched the DQ Global Standards Report 2019 which is the world’s first attempt to define a global standard for digital literacy, skills and readiness across the education and technology sectors. These are the digital competencies that are fundamental for future readiness.

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30 startups named as finalists of the 'Next Billion' EdTech Prize in Dubai 

30 finalists will travel to the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai to compete in pitch competition that recognizes leading EdTech startups making an impact on education in low income and emerging economies.

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Global report makes first proven link between status of teachers and pupil performance

Global education charity the Varkey Foundation today launches the Global Teacher Status Index (GTSI) 2018 – the follow up to the GTSI 2013 and the most comprehensive study ever of how society views teachers across 35 countries around the world. It shows for the very first time that there is a direct link between teacher status and pupil performance as measured by PISA scores. 

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Over 50 grant making foundtions meet for region's largest ever education philanthropy summit

More than 50 of the world’s leading grant-making foundations involved in education will meet in Dubai on the eve of the Varkey Foundation’s Global Education & Skills Forum to discuss some of the most pressing issues in education philanthropy and share their expertise.

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