Over 3,000 education delegates attended the 7th annual Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) which took place at the Atlantis, The Palm from March 21 – March 24, 2019. Created by Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, this transformational conference aims to bring together the innovators and architects of global education in the 21st century. With the theme of ‘Changemakers’ ever present, the conference celebrated educators for their ability to transform the platform of learning despite the local challenges they face. Politicians, education ministers, EdTech entrepreneurs and academics shared knowledge and concepts about the most efficient way to refine global education outcomes. The highlight of the 2-day conference was the awarding of the Global Teacher Prize. This high honor went to Peter Tabichi, a Maths and Physics Teacher from Kenya.
Chosen from a highly curated list of 10 finalists across the world, Tabichi secured the coveted prize due to his relentless work in the rural Puwani village, bringing science and technology to his students, despite only having access to one desktop computer. As stated by Sunny Varkey:
“We can no longer wait for politicians to act. (...) If we are to stop a global education crisis, we must look not just to the policymakers, but to our neighbours, to those inspirational people in our communities who are striving every day to make a change.”
GetBEE continues to expand its global education influence, using tech for good. In fact, leveraging the GetBEE technology, TeachMeNow was one of the winners of the Next Billion EdTech Prize during GESF 2018. Using GetBEE’s interactive technology, TeachMeNow grants instruction and access to students all over the world. Attended by GetBEE CEO, Thea Myhrvold, and head of Business Development, Izabella Naessa, the forum aligned strongly with the mission and values of our company. "It's amazing to see how GESF elevates and makes education a priority awarding teachers and innovators who are truly changing the world," Thea reported.
Thea also partook in the panel "What Can Politicians Do to Accelerate EdTech Adoption?" with Matthew O. Prempeh, Minister for Education in Ghana, Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage in Kenya, and Susi Doyle, founder of Right for Education. This roundtable conferred about how new models of collaboration may open the road to acceleration of EdTech adoption and create a positive impact. The forum provided a think tank to bring forth the best ideas from around the globe and continue to facilitate the worldwide connection of education and technology.
The essence of the agency of success and global citizenship is the marriage of technological processes and varied modern platforms – in social settings, the boardroom and more importantly, the classroom. With universal increased interest in bringing technology to the educators and learners, GetBEE and TeachMeNow are poised to command the international EdTech stage. Through forging public and private partnerships, GetBEE continues to challenge the notion of what technology can do for teachers and students. As part of the digital disruption revolution, GetBEE is enthusiastic to share its platform with educationalists, academics and the global tech community!