Developing global learners: Preparing young people for life in school and beyond

Building on the success of the previous global Schools Now! Conference in Jordan and the Schools Now! Online Conference, we are pleased to announce that the fifth annual Schools Now! Conference will take place on 4 - 5 March 2020 in Cairo, Egypt.

Theme

The theme of this conference has been informed by recent developments in education practice and the suggestions of participants who attended the Schools Now! Online Conference in March 2019.The two days conference will explore the theme of Developing global learners: Preparing young people for life in school and beyond.

The British Council recognises that leaders are the engines of change within schools and that their actions have a direct impact on the performance of teachers and the outcomes of students. This conference will therefore focus on the role of school leaders in strengthening the capacity of their schools and teachers to equip students with the relevant skills and aptitudes necessary for study, work and everyday life. 

The conference will explore the following sub-themes:

  • Internationalizing schools: the role of school leadership 
    Preparing young people for the world outside the classroom goes beyond the world of work and requires that we develop globally minded young people with a clear understanding of the wider world; young people who can collaborate, think critically and engage fully in the pressing debates of the age. 
  • Global challenges for young people: facilitating intercultural engagement 
    How to broaden the horizons of students and encourage a global outlook through supporting the development of core skills relevant to today’s global economy and tomorrow’s opportunities. This will also build aspirations and confidence of learners to engage successfully in the wider world.
  • Collaborative learning: technology and global communities
    Technology plays an important role in connecting people across cultures and borders and bringing the world to our doorstep. This can simply be finding out about a different country through a YouTube video to sharing experiences though discussion forums and partnering with a school by using the technology to work on collaborative projects. 

The Schools Now! Conference is structured carefully with a range of keynote presentations alongside interactive sessions for delegates and discussions with panels of experts. Delegates will have the opportunity to speak to representatives in interactive areas throughout the conference.

Call for Papers

Are you interested in delivering a presentation during the Schools Now! conference?

We are pleased to provide a presentation platform for leaders and educational managers from partner schools and invite you to submit your papers. 

  1. Papers must be received by Thursday 7th November 2019.
  2. All presentations will be 30 minutes duration (further submission requirements can be found in the attached document). 
  3. Your presentation should focus on either a piece action research that you have carried out in your school or a project you have successfully initiated within your school.  

Your submission should focus on one of the sub-themes:

  • Internationalizing schools: the role of school leadership 
  • Global challenges for young people: facilitating intercultural engagement 
  • Collaborative learning: technology and global communities 

Please download the instructions for full information on how to submit your paper to present at the Schools Now! Conference below.

How to register?

For more information, please contact us at SchoolsNow!2020@britishcouncil.org.