Lead the Way – A Conclave for Educators
13th February, 2019 Dubai
‘Lead the Way – A Conclave for Educators’ was organised by the Aditya Birla Education Academy primarily for the educators and thoughts leaders in the UAE. The Conclave was held at the BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus on 13th February, 2019. The intention was to bring the distinguished members of the educational community together to discuss the evolution of education.

Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson of the Aditya Birla Education Trust, not only inaugurated the conclave but also addressed the gathering where she highlighted the role of teachers today along with the growing importance of mental health awareness. She said, “Teachers have the noble responsibility of shaping the minds and igniting the imaginations of future generations. If we want the next generation to evolve, those who impart knowledge must evolve as well. So this event is important to create a dialogue with the teaching community in identifying gaps and look at ways on how we can enrich learning experiences for today's students."

The conclave witnessed a gathering of various stakeholders in education. While the welcome address was delivered by Ms Surabhi Goel, the CEO of the Aditya Birla Education Academy, the panel discussion on the topic ‘Technology and the Teacher: An Era of Reckoning’ was moderated with great flair by Mrs Nargish Khambatta, Principal, GEMS Modern Academy Dubai.

The panel was formed by an eclectic and eminent set of educators. The panellists delved deep into the current trends prevalent in the educational sector and the need to responsibly integrate technology into the teaching-learning process. The panellists were: Ms. Fatima Martin – Principal Gems New Millenium School, Al Khail, Mr. Pramod Mahajan – Principal Sharjah Indian School, Ms. Ranju Anand – Vice President Gems Education, Ms. Rashmi Nandkeolyar – Principal Delhi Private School Dubai and Ms. Sangita Chima – Principal Gems New Our Own Private High School, Sharjah.

The keynote speaker for the evening was the vivacious Mr James MacDonald, Senior Vice President, GEMS Education. He shed light on the current and future trends of AI integration within education along with the evolving needs of students of today and the future.

The concluding session of the evening was the group discussion conducted by the diversely accomplished Mr Mayank Dhingra. He navigated and created a space for a rather spirited debate on the topic ‘Skill or concept, what is more important in a child’s educational journey?’ The educators were invested in the discussion and they tactfully collaborated to highlight the nuances that made either skill or concept more crucial.