International Conference on The Future of Schools and Education .
Why is it that while everything else in the world is changing, schools stay the same?
Businesses across the world complain that schools are failing to provide children with the skills they need to compete in a global workforce.
The leading experts on education protest that our current methods of schooling are strangling the creativity and talent of children.
Yet still we stick to our cherished notions of quality education.
It’s time to stop clinging to the past.
It’s time to start imagining the future.
Imagine a school where teachers act as mentors, not as taskmasters.
Imagine a school with no classrooms.
Imagine the School of Tomorrow.
It might sound like fantasy, but educational visionaries like Seymour Papert think that such a school is on the horizon.
It’s just a matter of when we get there.
We at Beaconhouse don’t think we should have to wait.
The developing world too often merely shadows the west.
It’s time we started taking the lead.
That’s why we at Beaconhouse are holding a major international conference to rethink the very foundations of education.
As the process o globalization, enabled and catalyzed by perpetual technological innovation, reshapes culture and business, our children need to be prepared for rapidly evolving world.
At this pivotal moment, it is therefore crucial that we take a long, hard look at the assumptions that underpin current educational orthodoxies, and assess where there needs to be redical change.
After all, schools should have a vision to prepared children for the world of tomorrow.
In the developing world, it is critical that we respond and adapt swiflty. The poorer countries of the world are too often reduced to shadows of the developed world : trailing behind, offering second-rate imitations, festering discontent. If this process is allowed to continue, the gap between poor and rich will widen into a chasm. In an interconnected globe, this must not be allowed to happen.
Rather than dwelling on problems we should look at solutions. In Pakistan, it is time that the world saw beyond the madrassahs, to those who are struggling to make this nation a healthy part of a global community.
Learning To Live Again
Following the devastating earthquake, we have decided to refocus the Islamabad conference on November 30. It is now looking at The Schools Of Tomorrow : Learning To Live Again.
After consultation with government and development agencies, it was clear that there was a real and urgent need to come up with definite and pragmatic suggestions as to what can be done for the education of the children who have survived the earthquake.
We cannot allowed ourselves to be led into despair, rather we must do all we can to transform the site of destruction to hope.