Gulf education expo brand enters Mexico
Dubai, March 16, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) and Global Education Forum (GEF) concluded successfully, chalking up new milestones on its 7th year including expansion into Mexico.
This year, 30 per cent more visitors trooped into the Dubai World Trade Centre to witness a vast array of products and solutions showcase catering specifically to the education sector, further strengthening the place of GESS as the leading education exhibition and conference in the Middle East.
Among the highlights of this year’s exhibition include the signing of a MoU between the Ministry of Education and Information City to support the implementation of the “Educate a Child, Build a Nation” initiative.
The initiative comes at a time when cognitive and technical skills are the most sought after among employers.
Citing a recent study conducted by IDC, Asif Rashid, Technology Specialist at Microsoft, says among the tops skills and/or attributes required for occupations that will account for 11.5 million new hires and 28 per cent of job growth by 2020 include oral and written communication skills, ability to use Microsoft office, problem solving, being detail-oriented, and having excellent organisational skills.
This year also marked the first time that the US and Finland had country pavilions, joining the UK, China and Korea.
Organisers described this as a healthy sign of the growing international interest in the education market in the Middle East.
“Expect more world-class products and innovative solutions to enter the Gulf education sector. This means teachers, students as well as administrators and decision-makers will have access to a growing array of choices for cutting-edge products and solutions that can help them teach and learn better,” remarked Matt Thompson, the project director, F&E Group, organisers of the GESS exhibition and GEF conference.
Over the last seven years, GESS has served as the leading platform for education stakeholders connect and do business on all matters related to education.
GEF has also provided seminal ideas and insights on best practices and advancing innovation through world-class presentations and panel discussions conducted by leading regional and international experts.
“We are proud to say that this home-grown brand has now crossed international borders and will be staged in Mexico from May 6 to 8, 2015 at the World Trade Centre, Mexico City. It will be known as the Global Educational Supplies and Solutions. This is another phase of our growth plans and we hope to have as much impact there as we have here,” continued Thompson.
Another important milestone announced at GESS is the pilot programme aimed at training educators from the Gulf countries in teaching with technology using standards developed by The International Society for Technology in Education, which signed an agreement with GESS to promote the organisation’s work among education professionals in the Middle East.
“Working in partnership with Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS), we will train educators in the GCC on how to better support classroom teachers on the effective use technology and digital resources for instruction and learning,” explained Brian Lewis, ISTE, the US-based non-profit that curates and develops definitive international standards on the effective use of technology to drive student learning.
The pilot programme will discover and assess current technologies, skills and infrastructure; as well as train 20 coaches in the six pilot areas.
The programme will also work with participating Gulf state ministries to take ideas and recommendations to improve the program, he added.-TradeArabia News Service