Enjoy your evening!
That's it from a busy first day of the Global Education & Skills Forum.
The Closing Plenary starts at 08:30am on Sunday, with the GESF Address 2019 and the final of the Next Billion EdTech Prize.
At the other end of the day, the Global Teacher Prize Award Ceremony starts at 18:00pm.
We'll leave you with a picture of The Assembly, where the night is still young.
19:15pm, 23 March 2019
Global media coverage of GESF
- The National: Rohingya refugees tell Dubai education summit of lost generation of pupils
- Devex: GESF: What to watch at the 'Davos of education'
- Khaleej Times: Changemakers, world leaders gather at Dubai's education forum
- Evening Standard: We need to show more girls 'science is for them'
- The Sierra Leone Telegraph: President Bio is in the UAE
18:27, 23 March 2019
Next Billion EdTech prize
The finalists of the Next Billion EdTech prize have been revealed. They will pitch at the Closing Plenary at 9am on Sunday morning. Here are the final six:
Dost - Empowering parents so that children are school-ready
Fineazy - Harnessing the power of AI to help people make informed financial decisions
Praxilabs - Making virtual science labs accessible, usable and affordable
Sabaq - Providing digital learning kits to help kids get back into school
Signa - Offering online courses for deaf people
Ubongo - Using entertainment to deliver localised learning
17:45, 23 March 2019
Thanking teachers for their unsung work
This evening in Dubai sees the inaugural Global Teacher Prize concert, spreading the message of teacher respect to the next generation.
The Global Teacher Prize finalists will be on stage alongside Little Mix, Rita Ora and Liam Payne.
A time for teachers to relax and be recognised for all their hard work.
17:15, 23 March 2019
Investing in human capital
Building human capital, says Annette Dixon - Vice President for human development at the World Bank - requires inclusive health and education services for both boys and girls, as well as long term strategy and investment.
16:25, 23 March 2019
Making the right choices
Inspired by his own accident, Mark Pollock is on a mission to use robots to help people walk again. Read his story here.
15:30, 23 March 2019
Rankings - should we care?
More than half a million 15-year olds from 80 countries took the PISA test in 2018. How should policymakers learn from the countries doing best?
"The idea of PISA was to create a level playing field to measure what was once seen as a domestic issue and to inform education policy across countries," says Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education & Skills at the OECD.
"We need to look at the rich information PISA provides about our standard of education and not get caught up in the rankings. The rankings are a distraction," says Joao Costa, Secretary of State for Education, Portugal.
15:05, 23 March 2019
Closing the gap
It's well known that girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, but what can be done to create a more equal world?
14:40, 23 March 2019
GESF in stats
- 40 Ministers of Education
- 100+ Teachers
- 144 Countries
- 297 Speakers
- 2000+ Delegates
14.20, 23 March 2019
Brexit on the agenda
The world is changing. And the UK's plans to leave the European Union are a major change facing future generations.
"I came to the UK as a refugee from Uganda. In a single generation my family rebuilt itself and I am now in parliament. We are a country built on meritocracy, so we need to make it clear that we are committed to maintaining opportunities for young people with or without Brexit," says Jitesh Gadhia, member of the House of Lords at the World Without Education Borders debate.
Former prime ministers from both Greece and Italy were also at the debate.
If I was in charge in the UK, I would ask the people again and hold another referendum - George Papandreou
I think the decision of David Cameron in 2016 was a mistake - Matteo Renzi
14:00pm, 23 March 2019
Pictures of power
Powerful images - taken by the photographer Platon as part of his work for The People's Portfolio - are on display all around the venue.
You can read more about his work in this blog: Capturing the World's Changemakers
And here is just one of the pictures, depicting children from Myanmar who are HIV+.
13:35, 23 March 2019
In search of the centre ground
The former president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos speaks about how his country can change course and forge a peaceful future.
12:30, 23 March 2019
How can we ensure that all students reach their full potential? Children should be grouped together according to the topic they want to study, rather than according to their ability, says Hanna Dumont, Senior Researcher German Institute for International Educational Research. Adaptive teaching will be key she says, allowing children to pursue their own interests.
12:15, 23 March 2019
In praise of teachers
12:00, 23 March 2019
The plight of the Rohingyas
Attention turns to the desperate situation facing many Rohingya refugees who have fled from extreme violence in Myanmar.
We have had enough sympathy. Please build a school for us - Zainab Arkani
Zainab is a Rohingya woman who faced much discrimination and abuse as she grew up. But she was one of the lucky ones - she did receive an education. And now she teaches Rohingya children from her basement in Canada.
This is the biggest opportunity of my life to talk about the rights of my people - Ahmed Ullah
Ahmed is also Rohingya, and grew up in a refugee camp. He is now working in Cox's Bazar, a refugee camp in Bangladesh. An estimated 693,000 Rohingya have been driven into Bangladesh, according to Unicef. Over half of them are children. Ahmed's mission in life is to help those children access an education.
10:50, 23 March 2019
A changing world
Education will change more in the next 50 years than it has in the last 1,000 - Sunny Varkey
10:20, March 23 2019
Opening remarks from Vikas Pota
The chairman of the Varkey Foundation, Vikas Pota, urges everyone to watch and learn from people who are changing the world outside of education.
Improving learning outcomes is the most important thing we will do. We can only do this by improving teacher status, he says.
In education if we want to change the world, we need to back our teachers - Vikas Pota
09:55, 23 March 2019
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Key quotes from all the speakers on the main stage at the opening plenary.
09:35, 23 March 2019
10-year old vlogger Braydon Bent is speaking to three inspirational changemakers.
* Mark Pollock - dedicating his life to finding a cure for paralysis
* Mina Guli - running marathons to ensure there is enough water for future generations
* Kennedy Odede - combatting urban poverty and gender inequity in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya
I’m here to remind you it’s my world too. Once this stage is packed away, my generation will be left behind to deal with the mess, so let’s try harder - Braydon Bent
09:30, 23 March 2019
Who is changing the world?
That is the question being asked as the Global Education & Skills Forum gets underway
09:00, 23 March 2019
It's finally here!
Day One of the Global Education & Skills Forum.
From the opening plenary at 8.30am to news of the finalists of the Next Billion EdTech Prize at 17.45pm, this blog will bring you the latest highlights, best pictures and quotes that sum up the day.
0730: 23 March, 2019