Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Sport and Library Services, led a delegation to the Education World Forum 2018 held at Park Plaza Hotel in London from January 21 to 23. The Education World Forum takes place in January each year. It is the world’s largest gathering of education and skills ministers and their senior advisers representing over two-thirds of the world’s population gather to debate future education policy.
The event is supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Department for International Development (DfID), the British Council and the EWF industry partners.
The Forum offered three days of insight and inspiration from leading education pioneers, policy makers and education experts, with many of the sessions given by education ministers themselves as part of an honest assessment of countries’ common issues and challenges.
The seven (7) pillars of education which underpins the philosophy of education provision outlined in the TCI education policy, along with the eight (8) strategic imperatives and 4 cross cutting issues of the Education Sector Plan, are closely aligned with the theme of this year’s Forum: “Preparing students for success: thinking, doing, well-being and learning – education policy-making in the 4th industrial revolution.” While at the forum the Minister embraced opportunities to network with other ministers of education, meet representatives from DfID and the British Council, visit the largest education technology exhibition in the world, and share her vision for leading the transformation of the TCI education system.
Hon. Malcolm noted that she is humbled to have had the opportunity to lead a delegation to such a large gathering of education experts. She stated; “I was able to share ideas and gain an understanding of and a greater appreciation for the challenges and aspirations of education systems around the world and how these systems are evolving in a rapidly changing technological era. The Turks and Caicos Islands will benefit from some of the work being undertaken in other countries to support our teachers through professional development and improve learning outcomes in mathematics beginning at the primary level.”
Hon. Malcolm’s attendance at EWF 2018 marks the third time that the Turks and Caicos Islands has attended the Education World Forum. While in the London, Hon. Malcolm will host a reception in London where she will address students from the Turks and Caicos on matters of interest concerning them.