KidZania Doha, a world leading children edutainment brand, brought together international education experts to discuss the latest approach to improve teaching and learning processes at the third edition of EduZummit 2023 at KidZania Doha on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Held under the theme ‘Future of the Classroom’, the event provided a platform for educators to share expertise and experiences about the evolving trends in teaching and learning approaches to empower children as the future innovative thought leaders and producers in line with the human capital development pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030.
In her opening remark, Hela Guedoir, Head of Sales at KidZania Doha, said: “How can we as educators, schools, and carers help kids develop new skills to solve challenging demands, collaborate effectively, and express ideas beyond tools, technology, and the walls of a classroom? How can we make an impact in their lives and their future? We, at KidZania Doha take responsibility to continuously spread knowledge to the community and prepare the next generation for careers and challenges that don’t yet exist.”
Keynote speaker at the summit Dr. Ger Graus OBE, Global Education Adviser, First Global Director of Education, KidZania, and Founding CEO of Children's University, sheds light on the emerging education methodologies and changing needs of students in the educational environment. He stressed the need to employ advanced technologies in teaching the children in order to ensure that they are well equipped to meet the future job market demands.
“Not all classrooms have four walls. The environment is the third teacher. There is no better place for children to learn to think for themselves and work with others than KidZania, where learning is fun, and where children are in charge and don't receive prefabricated wisdom but learn to question the established wisdom of our times,” he said.
Following the keynote address, prominent thought leaders in the education field shared their experiences and initiatives on ways to make classrooms interesting to students in the 21st century. They called on stakeholders and policymakers to develop initiatives that will stimulate children’s interest in education and motivate them to be more active and more involved in classroom activities, while also developing their career paths in a friendly environment outside the walls of the classroom as provided by KidZania.
The event also featured an engaging panel discussion moderated by Rachelle Mitri, a Certified Financial Risk manager with Masters in Finance and 19 years of banking experience and over 25 years of experience in education.
Participants in the interactive panel discussion highlighted the importance of education innovation in fostering creative and productive learners. The panelists were Dr. Achraf Othman, Head of the Innovation & Research Section at Mada Center Qatar; Mrs. Nina Jane Patel, Co-founder, Director and VP of Metaverse Research – Kabuni; Mrs. Irena Hujdur, Psychologist and Montessori Teacher at Al Nebras Internation Preschool; and Mrs. Mirna Malaeb Data & Al Specialist-Microsoft.
The panelists elaborated the importance of collaboration among various players in the education field and shared their professional experiences and how they relate to and contribute to the overall success of education process.
Mr. Victor Jabbour, General Manager at Kidzania Doha concluded saying: “ With the fast pace evolution happening, Kidzania’s goal remains in bridging the gap between the environment that teachers provide, the safe haven families offer and the advancement in technologies. We strive in offering an environment where kids can develop the skills they need in real life. Our aim is to provide the atmosphere closest to the real life future careers that children aspire for”
The seminar ended with a special award ceremony to recognize some individuals for their contributions to education development.
Source and cover image credit: Press release
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