Vikas Pota

Chief Executive, Varkey Foundation

United Kingdom

Vikas Pota is Chief Executive of the Varkey Foundation, a family foundation seeking to improve global teacher capacity and promote universal access to quality education. He has spearheaded the training of over 25,000 teachers and has pioneered an innovative technology platform to reach marginalized girls in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as addressing the refugee crisis using this same platform; has designed a leadership programme for school directors in Argentina; convenes the Global Education & Skills Forum; and organises the Global Teacher Prize, which seeks to celebrate the achievement of classroom teachers and uplift the status of the profession.

08 October, 10:30 am - 10:45 am
Auditorium
Special Address
Which factors are driving innovation in teaching? How do teachers across the globe compare relative to their approaches to ‘Teaching for Tomorrow’? Who does a better job at teaching for tomorrow, and why? How can we measure what makes a school system work? Andreas Schleicher walks us through the international tests (TALIS and PISA), and the outcomes of the collaboration with the UAE education authorities regarding the performance of its teachers.
Keywords: Innovation
Speakers

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Moderators

Yousef Abdul Bari

United Kingdom

Radio Presenter, Al Arabiyah 99

Vikas Pota

United Kingdom

Chief Executive, Varkey Foundation

08 October, 09:50 am - 10:30 am
Plenary
Equity in Education: Delivering on SDG4
Education is defined as the golden thread that runs through all 17 SDGs because access to quality education is not only a goal on itself, but a fundamental building block to creating a better, more sustainable world. According to UNESCO data, if all adults completed secondary education, 420 million people could be lifted from poverty, reducing the number of poor people by more than half globally. Yet, if current trends continue, 800 million young people will be leaving school in 2030, without even a basic education. As such, teachers hold the key to fuelling sustainable growth, building social cohesion and stability, and promoting tolerance and equality.
Keywords: SDG4
Speakers

Her Excellency Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi

Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education

H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

Chairman of the Department of Education and Knowledge, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council

Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister, Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education

Moderators

Vikas Pota

United Kingdom

Chief Executive, Varkey Foundation