Exhibition to Help Schools Take Advantage of Learning, Teaching Aids

DUBAI - Organisers of the second edition of the Global Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) and Global Education Forum (GEF) are expecting a number of UAE schools to take advantage of the range of learning and teaching aids and sporting equipment to be showcased at the event, which begins today.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 11 Mar 2009, 1:23 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:22 PM

Technology suppliers are optimistic that a number of schools will purchase their products to improve the skills of their students and teachers, despite the current economic condition.

The three-day event is being held at the Airport Expo.

“We are in a period when economies are making it difficult for everyone. However, this is when the real entrepreneurs will be thinking of young people with better skills.

“I would expect private schools to be looking at the future and their approach to technology,” said Dominic Savage, president of Worlddidac that offers education productsand training.

Savage observed that “competitive” schools would rely on technological solutions if they wanted their students and teachers to have an edge over the other schools.

Asif Karim, CEO of Edutech Middle East, stressed that “technology is scalable”, observing that it was a “misconception” that technology was expensive.

He said it was possible to provide a range of technology from Kindergarten to Grade XII at affordable costs.

Dr Abdalla Al Amiri of the Ministry of Education, and general chair of the forum, said the ministry was keen to ensure Internet connectivity in about 740 public schools in the UAE by the end of the year.

Al Amiri, also Advisor to Minister of Education Dr Hanif Hassan, said the ministry wanted to provide a platform to teachers and schools to look at the possible uses of technological solutions.

“We want teachers to come and see what can be implemented (in UAE schools),” he said.

Sue Rothwell, group event director at Fairs and Exhibitions, which is organising GESS and GEF for the second year, said the exhibition had grown significantly this year with over 200 exhibitors from over 20 countries participating.

Ministerial delegations from Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman are expected to come for the event, which ends on Thursday.


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