EFF at the Education World Forum debates a crucial strategic topic – learning to grow economies
Andreas SchleicherAndreas Schleicher: EFF speakerPoliticians love to talk about reviving economies through education, but is anyone doing it? And if so, how?

Change pressure group Education Fast Forward (EFF) kickstarts Bett Week 2015 by bringing in experts who can answer many of those questions – including Andreas Schleicher (pictured left) and Stefan Dercon – to lead its globally accessible "Turning School Performance to Economic Success" debate at London's Education World Forum.

Debate launched by experts on global network and then out to Twitter

Staged at a an event for the many education ministers and educators visiting London for BETT week, the video of the debate is streamed live across the internet (from www.effdebate.org) so that the conversation can be extended across social media. Two UK teachers, Dawn Hallybone (@dawnhallybone) and Drew Buddie (@digitalmaverick) are among those live tweeting directly from the event.

Stefan DerconStefan DerconThe debate is being initiated and led by  Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills, and special adviser on education policy to the secretary-general at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and a world expert in the development economics, Stefan Dercon. He is a highly regarded chief economist at the Department for International Development, (DFID) in London. He is also professor of development economics at the University of Oxford, associated to the Department of International Development and to the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford.

The debate will be joined by EFF fellows and guests on live video across around 11 countries on the high-quality telenetwork provided by Polycom, EFF's new digital networking partner.  “Polycom is thrilled to be supporting  Education Fast Forward," said Andrew Graley, the company’s director who looks after education. "Our debate around school performance and economic success is such an important topic and we look forward to working with EFF on the debates to come.”

Njideka HarryNjideka HarryBringing the debate to a conclusion will be special guest Njideka Harry (@njidekaharry), who founded the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) when she was just 25. She is the chief executive officer. An Ashoka Fellow, she has worked in non-profit administration and planning, programme management and social impact for 13 years and has provided strategic vision and leadership as YTF innovated scalable solutions to developing world problems. Njideka is also an advisory board member for the Women of West Africa and Entrepreneurship (WOWe) Council.

“What sort of education systems help make you more employable?” asks Jim Wynn (@JIM_WYNN), the EFF co-founder who will host the debate with fellow co-founder Gavin Dykes (@gavindk). “And nowhere in that question is there any suggestion that education is just for getting a job. In fact we are finding that the match between the level of attainment and application of knowledge and skills, rather than subject expertise, is becoming a massive driver for jobs.”

With its spread of expertise across developed and developing countries, and the unpredictability of social media contributions and questions, "Turning School Performance to Economic Success" promises to get the Education World Forum and BETT 2015 off to a stimulating start, fitting for a week of truly international dimensions.

More information

Join the live-streamed video debate at www.effdebate.org 
Twitter handle @EFFdebate 
Twitter hashtag #EFF12 

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