Education Fast Forward Debate – To School or Not to School?


The #EFF9 debate “To school or not to school?” took place on Monday, 20 January 2014 at Westminster Central Hall, London ahead of BETT 2014. The debate was held at the Education World Forum with over 100 international ministers in attendance, representing over 83% of the world’s population.

What was the debate all about?

Many of the schools around the world were built for a different time. Schools are being constantly pushed to improve and evolve but can they? The skills we require from students are changing and the student’s needs and expectations are changing. If we are to support these changes to what extent can we rely on traditional approaches to learning; to what extent do we require an entirely new approaches to learning? Does the drive for change and the pressure of economic forces mean that the notion school is outdated, or can schooling be changed to better support the needs of today’s learners and the economies within which they work?

Opening the debate was Senator David Coltart and guest speakers Vicky Colbert, Founder of Colombia’s Escuela Nueva and Ramji Raghavan Founder of India’s Agastya International Foundation. The debate was also joined by special guests Alexander Uvarov from Russia, as well as Kristen Weatherby. A full list of special guests can be viewed here.

Here are some Twitter highlights of the debate:

About Education Fast Forward (EFF)

Education Fast Forward (EFF) brings together leading global experts and change agents from the world of education to discuss the topic
s that matter most. The forum addresses the key challenges facing governments, educators and employers both now and in the future, and aims to find practical resolutions.

About Education World Forum (EWF)

Education World Forum (EWF) is the annual global summit for national ministers of education and their immediate delegations. It is the internationally recognised ministerial forum for debating future practice in education and is a closed event by official invitation only.


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