World education summit offers reform proposals

07 Dec 2010

 I chaired the plenary session at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar today. 1,250 delegates from over 100 countries attended.

The theme was how to improve education systems through reforms to teacher quality, through the use of digital technology, and through partnerships.

Coming on the day of the OECD PISA results - which showed South Korea, Finland, and Singapore holding onto their top spots in the international league table of reading and maths - there was close interest in how education systems can learn from one another.

Amongst the conclusions of the debate were:

  • improving schools is essential but not enough - transformation is required;
  • raising respect for teachers is vital to raising standards;
  • local partnerships are not enough, there's also a need for global partnerships;
  • colleges need to use ICT to share programmes and expertise.

 The debate included case studies of teacher education reform in Indonesia, the problems of delivering university education in the scattered islands of the West Indies, and reform to school systems through ICT.

You can follow the entire debate here: web.dbee.com/wise/20101207_am/en/index2.php

And if you want to watch live streaming of the rest of the conference, go to the main WISE website: www.wise-qatar.org/

Tomorrow's plenary debate - which I will also be chairing - is on the topical issue of funding education at a time of economic austerity. 

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