KRG UK Representation participates at the 3rd International Conference on Education & Teaching in K-12 Schools (ICET)

Alternate Text News : 3/17/2023

London, United Kingdom, The KRG UK Representation along with a delegation from the KRG Ministry of Education participated in the International Conference on Education & Teaching in K-12 Schools (ICET), a joint educational event organised by Stirling Schools, Cambridge University Press, City & Guilds, GEMS Education and UK Teachers Academy, aimed at promoting education and contributing to the development of the schools and teachers’ professional development in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

The opening remarks were delivered by Dr Umed Aruzery, CEO & Chairman of Stirling Schools stressing the role of the Stirling Schools group in implementing “a coherent education model with a strong digital curriculum, supported by excellent teaching and the latest technology.”  Mr. Timothy Fisher, Global CEO of Stirling Education also reiterated Dr Aruzery’s message to sustain international standards in education in Stirling Schools. He said: “Our aim is to enable schools, colleges and universities to deliver creative and engaging high quality education. Across Iraq, we have around 17,000 students, 42 schools and two university campuses.”

The conference was also addressed by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Member of the House of Lords. He spoke about Iraq’s heritage, the importance of education for the Iraqi young population, and how the latest technological world could be embedded in schools and universities to improve teaching techniques, and technological knowledge that helps and supports ‘new generations’ job opportunities.
In his address, Mr Mahmood Hussein Al Qaisy, Vice chairman of the Education Committee, Iraqi Parliament also spoke of the national priorities and the need for strong partnership to overcome obstacles and improve institutional capacity to improve learning for all Iraqi children.

Dr Alan Hama Saeed, the KRG Minister of Education stated that “Gen Z students are digital natives, and each new generation of students will bring changes to teaching and learning.” He emphasised the importance of re-thinking teaching and learning strategies to evolve new and better models of educational practice in the Kurdistan Region.

The panel discussions covered topics around teacher professional development, digital literacy, and technology education as well as learner’s autonomy and self-directed learning. It offered a platform for teacher trainers, educational experts, and community leaders from the national and international community to explore the solutions for the educational needs aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals-Goal 4 and UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action UNESCO 4.C.