Sekinat Salam-Opebiyi, Dubai
The 2019 edition of the Global Education and Skills Forum has kicked off in Atlantis The Palm, Dubai in United Arab Emirate (UAE), as 10 teachers battles for $1million Global Teacher Prize Award.
The 10 teachers competing for the $1million Global Teacher Prize are Martin Salvetti, (Technical Secondary School, Argentina),Yasodai Selvakumaran, (Rooty Hill High School, Australia),Deborah Garofalo, (EMEF Almirante AryParreiras, Brazil),Vladimir Apkhazava (Chibati Public School, Georgia) and Swaroop Rawal (Lavad Primary School, India).
Others are Hidekazu Shoto (Ritsumeikan Primary School, Japan), Peter Tabichi (Keriko Secondary School, Kenya),Daisy Mertens (De Vuurvogel, Netherlands), Andrew Moffat, (Parkfield Community School, United Kingdom), Melissa Salguero (Public School 48 Joseph R. Drake, USA).
Among those who are expected to speak at the event are former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo; former Britain Prime Minister, Tony Blair; founder of the Varkey Foundation, Sunny Varkey, among others.
Obasanjo during one of the sessions is expected to address the delegates on his life, work and views on who is a Nigerian and expose participants to exploring a wider world for the better.
The conference is been attended by 7 former heads of government, 40 education ministers, 297 speakers, over 200 media organisation and 2,200 delegates from 144 countries are expected to participate in different 124 public sessions at the event.
The chairman of the Varkey foundation, Vikas Pota urges everyone to watch and learn from people who are changing the world outside education.
“Improving learning outcomes is the most important thing we will do. We can only do this by improving teacher status,” he said.
“In education if we want to change the world , we need to back our teachers,” he said.
The Global Education and Skills Forum takes place annually in Dubai, under the patronage of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al- Maktoum.
The Forum brings together leaders from the public, private, and social sectors to find lasting solutions to challenges in the education sector for equity and creating employment for all.