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IGCF Conf 2019 “Indian School Leads Global Movement To Change Education”

lt’s a question that education experts are trying to answer.

How do we prepare children for a technologically advanced world where 65% of today’s jobs will disappear?

Riverside School in India believes it has the answer and has started exporting its model around the world. With the motto ‘I Can’, children as young as four work with local organisations to solve real problems and graduate believing they can achieve their dreams.

Pupil Preya Patel

Students have successfully rebuilt a new butterfly garden for the community, helped with a local sanitation problem and created a new ice cream flavour which they marketed and sold, donating profits to terminally ill children. Teaching methods involve getting the pupils to experience topics first hand.

Riverside teacher Niall Walsh sot

The strategy has the full support of parents who say their children are responsible, mature and ready for life’s twists and turns.

Parent Shweta Garg sot

Riverside pupils have not only been successful in improving the world around them, they have also outperformed most of their peers in India for over a decade. The school is now expanding to China and is in talks with schools and governments in Jordan, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel, Lebanon and the US.

This week it was held up as a blueprint for the future of education at an international Government conference in the Middle East.

Author and education expert Marc Prensky sot

While doubters might see such a project as too local and limited to such a small community, Riverside says its principles are universal and can be easily adapted to communities around the world.

The students themselves and the growing international interest, they say, speak for themselves.

Shows: * Audio Track 1 English Narration / Track 2 Natural Sound and Interviews

IV with pupil Preya Patel

IV with teacher Niall Walsh, Riverside School India

IV with parent Shweta Garg

IV with Marc Prensky, education expert

GVs of school

GVs of IGCF 2019

Panel discussion

Background

A leading school in India is exporting its award-winning model around the world to improve children’s chances of getting jobs in an advanced digital age.

Experts estimate that around 65% of jobs will not exist in the future due to technological advances which will see machines replacing roles in the workplace.

Children as young as four at the Riverside School in Ahmedabad are now collaborating with organisations to find solutions to important environmental problems, food shortages and issues in their local community.

School leaders believe that by putting children to work on issues from a young age, they will be better equipped to find jobs. Teachers focus on making children self-aware, adaptable and resilient so that irrespective of technological change, they will have the growth mindset to learn, unlearn and relearn if required.

Community successes include raising awareness of the need for good sanitation in less privileged areas and redesigning a butterfly garden for the community. Other students teamed up with a local ice cream brand and created a new Christmas flavour. They marketed and sold the ice cream, donating a percentage of their earnings to terminally ill children.

Riverside pupils have not only been successful in improving the world around them, they have also outperformed their peers in most of India’s top schools for over a decade.

The award-winning school was held up as a blueprint for the future of education at a conference in the Middle East this week.

Over the next two years three schools in India and two in China will be set up. Organisations and governments in Jordan, Singapore, Malaysia, Lebanon, Israel, the US and Spain are also interested in the model.

The school was set up in 2001 to empower children to help their communities and make positive changes once they graduate. It is one of a small but growing number of schools working in this format.

The ambition is to train large numbers of teachers from around the world and offer online support.

Leading education expert Marc Prensky, from the US, has endorsed the Riverside model. He said there are millions of untapped creative young brains which could help solve community and global problems if children are allowed to work on them.

Education experts and decision-makers have gathered in Sharjah, UAE this week at the International Governmental Communication Forum to discuss, amongst other topics, the future of education and how to best educate children to work in an advanced digital age.

ABOUT IGCF 2019:

Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah launched the inaugural edition of the forum in 2012.

A first-of-its-kind event, the forum aims to build a platform for better communication between governments and their stakeholders to support the government of Sharjah towards creating a participatory dialogue and to develop government communication mechanisms for the benefit of government institutions in the UAE and the region.

Hosted now by International Government Communication Forum, the event witnesses the convergence of local, regional and global media experts along with government thought leaders from all over the world in the emirate of Sharjah. By internationalising the title to ‘International Government Communication Forum (IGCF), the forum is set as an annual event to benchmark Sharjah’s media and communications mandate against global best practices, aims to bring the latest professional standards of various governments’ communication methods to the emirate, seeks to address and embed macro topics to develop a collaborative and participatory dialogue with opinion leaders, heads of government institutions, and other officials.

In addition to a series of panel discussions and workshops, the forum highlights Sharjah Government Media Bureau and its role in developing and overseeing best practices in the field of media relations and communications for government institutions.

Source: Pool Material International Government Communications Forum and ENEX (Access ALL)

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Call For Better Communication In A Polarised World – IGCF 2019

Against a global backdrop of terror attacks, government representatives and thought leaders from around the Middle East and beyond gathered to consider the role of government in the 21st century.

In 2019, it is communication, particularly between government and its citizens, which can offer stability in an unpredictable and politically unstable world.

Pitch the message in a way that polarises communities or fails to speak to the right people, and the results can be catastrophic. On the flip side, good communication reaps not just political popularity but also benefits for a nation.

Comparisons were made between Whitehouse responses to attacks on minorities and those from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand.

A stream of international panellists offered insights into how democratically elected leaders might guide their societies into a 21st century that will be dominated by climate change, Artificial Intelligence, vastly altered employment opportunities and populist politics.

At the end of the first day of the conference there was some optimism from the delegates and also a warning; that governments should be wary of a digital future – a future where technology and social media might become a tool to bring people together or a weapon to drive them apart.

Shows:

00-1’59 Sharjah GVs

2’00-2’40 IGCF 2019 opening ceremony

2’42-3’31 Roger Fisk, head of President Barack Obama’s political campaign, marketing and media strategy

3’32-4’06 IGCF panel discussion

4’07-4’59 Andrew Keen, author specialising in the impact of new technology on business, education, culture and society

5’00-6’18 IGCF 2019 panel discussion

6’19-6’48 GVs of IGCF His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi

6’49-7’00 IGCF 2019 general GVs

ABOUT IGCF 2019:

Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah launched the inaugural edition of the forum in 2012.

A first-of-its-kind event, the forum aims to build a platform for better communication between governments and their stakeholders to support the government of Sharjah towards creating a participatory dialogue and to develop government communication mechanisms for the benefit of government institutions in the UAE and the region.

Hosted now by International Government Communication Forum, the event witnesses the convergence of local, regional and global media experts along with government thought leaders from all over the world in the emirate of Sharjah. By internationalising the title to ‘International Government Communication Forum (IGCF), the forum is set as an annual event to benchmark Sharjah’s media and communications mandate against global best practices, aims to bring the latest professional standards of various governments’ communication methods to the emirate, seeks to address and embed macro topics to develop a collaborative and participatory dialogue with opinion leaders, heads of government institutions, and other officials.

In addition to a series of panel discussions and workshops, the forum highlights Sharjah Government Media Bureau and its role in developing and overseeing best practices in the field of media relations and communications for government institutions.

Source: Pool Material International Government Communications Forum and ENEX (Access ALL)

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UNITEL, first Angolan company in history of WEF to integrate the list of Partners

February 12th, 2019 Genève, Switzerland –UNITEL is the newest African Associate Partner of the World Economic Forum, the first Angolan company to be included in the exclusive network of Partner level companies. The Partnership will allow UNITEL to support the mission of the Forum in Africa, get actively involved in the projects and be represented at the 2020 Davos Annual Meeting, Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, as well as the Regional Summits in Africa and in the Middle East.

“The World Economic Forum is committed to expanding its footprint within the private sector throughout Africa, especially in historically less represented countries on the global stage. Our team is very pleased to welcome Unitel as the first Associate Partner of our institution in Angola and look forward to involving the company and its leadership in our communities, projects and gatherings to catalyse impact on the continent. Our new collaboration has the potential to help tackle some of the most systemic issues in Angola and on the African continent at large”  Says Alekhine Veloso, Business Engagement Lead for Africa. 

Through its board, it selects a limited number of partners each year. Among these are the world’s most successful enterprises such as Alibaba Group, Boston Consulting Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Google, The Coca-Cola Company, Bloomberg and Dangote Group, the only other African group.

Unitel International Holding is a pan African telecom company, operating a network based on GSM and UMTS standards, and provides voice communications, text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages, as well as mobile internet access; covering all municipalities in Angola as at 2011 with recent investment in other African countries. 

Recognized for its research in research and technologies, UNITEL is more than just a telecom company, its unique leadership by a woman, and its vision for the future of Africa’s connectivity makes it a pioneer on the African continent. 

Says Chairperson, Isabel dos Santos, “This is a very big achievement for us. The management team is very proud to be part of this exclusive partnership and network of impressive business leaders. We have a very clear exciting path of growth and look forward to speaking about it at next WEF Davos.”

Angola has become one of the most interesting countries to do business in sub-Saharan Africa. It has begun a process of rebuilding the country and unparalleled economic growth, mainly driven by the vast natural wealth of the country with a concentration in oil, diamonds,minerals, timber and other natural resources but not only. Led by Isabel dos Santos, UNITEL has positioned itself on a global scale, despite the economic challenging times. 

Shows: Image1-3, Genève, Switzerland  – Chairperson, Isabel dos Santos

About WEF: The World Economic Forum engages political, business, academic and other leaders of society in collaborative efforts to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Together with other stakeholders, it works to define challenges, solutions and actions, always in the spirit of global citizenship.

It serves and builds sustained communities through an integrated concept of high-level meetings, research networks, task forces and digital collaboration.

It delivers unique value to its Partners, Members and Constituents through its Annual and Regional Meetings, its Centres dedicated to global, regional, and industry issues, its future-oriented communities of New Champions, its expert networks of Global Agenda Councils, its TopLink knowledge and interaction platform and the Forum Academy.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit Foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests, working in close cooperation with the world’s major international organisations.

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Dangote, Chevron Nigeria Sign Historic Agreement on Gas Supply

Dangote Fertilizer Limited has entered into a long-term agreement with Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) for the delivery of Natural Gas from Chevron’s supply portfolio to the fertilizer plant, which is poised to start operations soon.

The contract, under the Gas Sale and Aggregation Agreement (GSAA) is part of International Oil Company (IOC)’s gas obligation to the domestic market through the Gas Aggregation Company Limited (GACN).

The signing ceremony, held at the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) office in Lagos, was executed on behalf of the parties by Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects & Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin; Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Jeffrey Ewing; Head, Gas Monitoring & Regulation Division, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sanya Bajomo; and Managing Director/CEO, Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited (GACN), Engr. Morgan Okwoche.

Dangote Fertilizer Limited, which is ready to be commissioned before the end of this year, will produce 3.0 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) of Urea.

The fertilizer plant consists of twin train, with each single train having a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum of Urea and Ammonia, which makes each of them the largest train available in the world. Hence the total capacity of the plant is 3 million tonnes per annum, and it sits on an area of 500 hectares.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects & Portfolio Development, DIL, Devakumar Edwin, commended the Managing Director of GACN for his role in the new business relationship between Dangote Fertilizer Limited and Chevron Nigeria Limited.

He said the company is looking forward to having a long-term relationship with Chevron Nigeria Limited as well as synergies in other upstream and wider areas of operations in the oil and gas sector.

Chairman/Managing Director, CNL, Jeffrey Ewing commended GACN, DPR for helping with the signing of the gas supply agreement. He said: “We are looking forward to working with Dangote Fertilizer and maintaining a good relationship with the company. This agreement is very important for the country and Chevron is committed to Nigeria’s economic development.”  

The Managing Director/CEO, GACN, Morgan Okwoche, expressed delight to be part of the domestic gas agreement. “This is the beginning of fruitful relationship between Dangote Fertilizer Limited, Chevron Nigeria Limited and other parties. I am excited that this is happening during my term in office. You cannot imagine my satisfaction in having this contract signed at this time,” he said.

Head, Gas Monitoring & Regulation Division, DPR, Sanya Bajomo, said: “I am glad that GACN, Chevron and Dangote have signed this gas supply agreement. I want to say that this gas supply agreement is an issue of national interest and what happened today is going to be transmitted to the presidency. I believe everybody is going to benefit from this agreement when the fertilizer plant starts operation.”

Shows:

DSC_8633: L-R: Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Jeffrey Ewing; Managing Director/CEO, Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited (GACN), Engr. Morgan Okwoche; Head, Gas Monitoring & Regulation Division, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sanya Bajomo; and Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects & Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, at the signing of Gas Supply and Aggregation Agreement (GSAA) between CNL, GACN and  Dangote Fertilizer Limited on Monday, February 25, 2019.

DSC_8641: L-R: Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Jeffrey Ewing; Head, Gas Monitoring & Regulation Division, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sanya Bajomo; Managing Director/CEO, Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited (GACN), Engr. Morgan Okwoche; and Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects & Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, at the signing of Gas Supply and Aggregation Agreement (GSAA) between CNL, GACN and  Dangote Fertilizer Limited on Monday, February 25, 2019.

DSC_8636: L-R: Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Jeffrey Ewing; Managing Director/CEO, Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited (GACN), Engr. Morgan Okwoche; Head, Gas Monitoring & Regulation Division, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sanya Bajomo; and Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects & Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, at the signing of Gas Supply and Aggregation Agreement (GSAA) between CNL, GACN and  Dangote Fertilizer Limited on Monday, February 25, 2019.

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