Bahrain Edb Brings Global Summit To A Close

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Bahrain EDB Brings Global Summit to a Close

MANAMA, Bahrain, Oct. 11/PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    - Queen Rania on the Need for Quality Education in the Region

    - The Maharishi Institute Wins 'Best Seedling' Award


Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of the

Kingdom's Economic Development Board (EDB), has brought The Education Project

to a close.

    Thanking the 500+ delegates for being part of the global

initiative, Shaikh Mohammed said: "When His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin

Hamad Al Khalifa [the Crown Prince of Bahrain and Chairman of the EDB] had

the vision and insight for a forum such as this, we could not have

anticipated the level of interest and support that we have witnessed from

around the globe. This continued support is vital to our shared cause -

shaping the future of education for all."

    One example of such support came from Her Majesty Queen Rania

Al Abdullah of Jordan, who has played an integral role in stimulating

educational advancement across the Middle East. Her Majesty said: "Our

children need a quality education to give them the skills and knowledge to

thrive in a 21st century economy. They need an education that unleashes their

creativity. But too often they get rote learning instead of dynamic inquiry.

They get told 'what,' instead of asked 'why'. And they never wonder 'what

if...' which leads to 'let's try!' To make the Middle East a vibrant region

of innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs, we need all of us to do even

more for our children's education."

    Bahrain itself was the first in the Gulf to introduce a public

education system in 1919 and to open education to women in 1928. Today,

education and training is an important pillar underpinning the Kingdom's

Vision 2030, the blueprint for the development of the country's economy,

government and wider society over the coming decades. Bahrain is now two

years into the process, which the EDB is leading under the guidance of HRH

the Crown Prince.

    Earlier in the evening Shaikh Mohammed announced the winner of

the 'Best Seedling' award. The Maharishi Institute, South Africa, presented

by Dr Taddy Blecher, picked up the accolade as voted by the audience. The

award recognises new educational models that have the potential to improve

education outcomes significantly through an innovative, scalable and

replicable business model that can work in different countries and regions.

It is hoped that by recognising these seedlings they may be propelled into

the broader public domain so that they receive continued funding and support.

    The winner, The Maharishi Institute, South Africa, creates

large-scale and economically self-sufficient educational institutions,

providing free education and salaries from Grade 11 to MBA level.


    Other finalists included:

    - Tinkering School, USA which offers an exploratory curriculum and 

      collaborative environment designed to help children aged 8 - 17 explore

      building techniques and principles.

    - Aprendiz City School, Brazil which addresses the needs of the child, 

      their family and the community through interactive,

      multi-dimensional learning.

    - The Kelly Yang Project, Hong Kong which is an after-school writing 

      programme for 2 - 5 year olds and an excellent example of integrated

      learning, teaching, creative thinking and critical reasoning skills.

    Further highlights from the final day included a panel

featuring some of the region's Ministers of Education. In 'The Government

Perspective', HE Dr Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education, Kingdom 

of Bahrain and Dr Hatem Ben Salem, Minister of Education and Training, 

Tunisia outlined how the education sector has changed over the last five 

years and how it will continue to evolve.

    An online platform and directory has been built to facilitate

knowledge exchange among the community of experts formed at the event. The

Education Project 'Portal' will allow educators to stay in touch and reach

out for advice, funding, networking and career opportunities. It will

continue the momentum that followed last year's inaugural event, with

mentoring programmes now being rolled out in Kenya, New Zealand and Bahrain;

an international roll-out planned for a South African vocational training

model; an online learning programme to be piloted in Pakistan, Kenya, Saudi

Arabia and UAE, and partner schools being set up across continents.

    Notes to editors

    About The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

    The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is a dynamic

public agency with an overall responsibility for formulating and overseeing

the economic development strategy of Bahrain, and for creating the right

climate to attract direct investment into the Kingdom.

    The role of the Bahrain EDB is to provide leadership by

uniting all of the Kingdom's shareholders through a unified vision, and to

develop key strategies for growth. The Bahrain EDB also acts as a

facilitator, helping all of Bahrain's stakeholders to understand and adopt

the changes necessary for progress. In addition, the Bahrain EDB provides

sound project management to ensure that all agreed reform initiatives are

implemented in an effective and timely manner.

    The Bahrain EDB is also responsible for attracting inward investment into

Bahrain, and is focusing on six target economic sectors in which the Kingdom

offers significant strengths. These are financial services, downstream

industries, tourism, business services, logistics, and education and


    For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit; for information about Bahrain visit

    About The Experience

    The Experience by Richard Attias is a strategic experiential

communications firm and event management company founded by Richard Attias,

the man behind the production of the Davos Forum for over 13 years and the

creator and producer of the Nobel Laureates Conference, the Monaco Media

Forum, the Global Clinton Initiative and, most recently, the New York Forum,

which fosters economic discussion among top business leaders and investors.

The Experience by Richard Attias has offices in NY, Paris, Dubai, Jeddah and

coming soon to China.


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    Further information

    Jenan Al Maskati, Bahrain Economic Development Board

    Tel: +973-17-589-930


    Katie Bergius, Bell Pottinger

    Tel: +44(0)207-861-3105 / +44(0)7979-701-689


    Doreen Bonnami, The Experience

    Tel: +1-212-794-8801 x1105


    SOURCE: The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

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