New Bett body looks to shape education worldwide

The Global Education Council, an 11-strong body comprising a wealth of experience in the education field, will convene at Bett later this month

Bett has launched a new initiative with an aim to “lead global education innovation transformation while shaping the world’s education ecosystem”.

The Global Education Council (GEC), an 11-strong body comprising a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education field, met virtually for the first time last year. Later this month they will gather in person, when the GEC takes part in a live debate during Bett’s annual gathering in London.

“Though it is still a fairly young organisation,” said GEC chairman, Jose Papa, “the council has in its short life span brought together thought leaders and pioneers from across the education sector to kickstart crucial, global debates about education and where it is headed.

“My fellow councillors boast a wealth of knowledge and expertise and I am excited to see where these fruitful discussions will take us this year.”

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The Global Education Council members are:

Jose Papa chairman, Bett Global Education Council; co-founder of Trace Academia

Mary Apea Ashun principal, Ghana International School; board member, Association of International Schools in Africa

Eric C Ambras chief inclusion officer, Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Raya Bidshari serial entrepreneur, writer, educator, futurist, Awecademy

Claudia Costin Centre for Excellence and Innovation in Educational Policies and former secretary of education, Rio de Janeiro

Dr Ger Graus global director of education, KidZania

Ilse Howling chairman, Education Development Trust

Rt Hon Jim Knight former UK minister for schools; chair of Whole Education; and chief education officer, TES

Julia Moffat founder, Future Learning Fund

Vikas Pota chairman, Board of Trustees, Varkey Foundation

Mark Sparvell education thought leader, Microsoft

Bett 2020 will take place at London Excel from January 22-25

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