World Education Forum Underway: Join the Conversation!

May 19, 2015Jordan Worthington

Are you attending the World Education Forum? If so, we invite you to join us at the sessions listed below. Otherwise, you can follow the discussions via the livestream link here, or on Twitter using  #worldeducationforum.

Innovating through Technology: Shaping the Future of Education

Education has been slow to embrace innovations and technologies that have improved other sectors such as health and entertainment. Schooling today looks strikingly similar to schooling provided 50 years ago. Yet at a moment when there are as many internet-connected devices on the planet as there are people, few doubt that technology is likely to disrupt traditional models of learning. For many observers, the question is not whether technological innovation will change education, but when and how.

In this parallel session, panelists will examine strategies to make education systems more effective through technology, paying close attention to principles that should guide this process. 

When: Wednesday, 20 May - 11:00-12:30 KST

Where: Premier Ballroom C (Songdo 2nd floor)

Who: Chair: Dorothy Gordon, Chair of the Governing Board of the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa 


  • HE the Minister of Human Resource Development of India, Smriti Zubin Irani
  • HE the Vice-Minister of Education and Culture of Uruguay, Fernando Filgueira
  • Molly Jamieson Eberhardt, Senior Program Officer, R4D
  • Asha Singh Kanwar, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning
  • Jerome Morrissey, Chief Executive Officer of Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI)
  • Andrew Bollington, Global Head of Research and Learning, The LEGO Foundation 


Global Governance of the Draft SDG Education Goal and its Targets: Challenges for both North and South

education conference crowd photo 

NORRAG will co-host a lunchtime side event to look critically at both the global and national governance of the proposed SDG Education Goal and its ten Targets, outlined in the Framework for Action for Education 2030.

Education, Learning, Training: Critical Issues for Development - a collection of essays which explore 50 years of international discourse surrounding education and development - will also be launched at the event. R4D Managing Director, Nicholas Burnett contributed a chapter to the publication. Download it here

When: Wednesday, 20 May - 13:00-14:15 KST

Who: Moderator: Kenneth King, University of Edinburgh and NORRAG


  • Rasheda Choudhury, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) Global Campaign for Education (GCE)
  • Manzoor Ahmed, BRAC University, Dhaka
  • Michel Carton, NORRAG    
  • Valerie Liechti, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)


Photo credits (top to bottom): War Child Holland; eLearning Africa.

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