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WORLD #1 FOR EDUCATION 2019 | UCL Institute of Education


It’s a wonderful accolade of course and
a testament to the incredible work being done by all our staff, alumni, students,
partners, clients and funders but we can’t ever be complacent. We have a job
to do and that job is both more challenging and more needed than ever. Teachers are the light.
I know there’s many teachers in this room. Hopefully there’s
beginner teachers as well in this room. But without you there’s no hope for
our children. You’re the role models. In recent research I’ve looked at the
factors affecting children’s mental health up to age 14. There’s an
absolutely urgent need for more attention to this issue. One of the greatest challenges facing
society is the pace of change, whether driven by technological advancement or
greater instability around the world. We’re working to understand and directly
respond to those drivers. We know that we can develop good automated machines that
can do the routine cognitive material that we currently teach and assess in a
lot of schools a lot of the time. What we can’t do is build systems that can
appreciate what they understand, can do this complex processing. So we better
concentrate on helping our human learners to be good at that because
that’s what they’re going to need in the workplace. So a lot of the young people that
we meet in A&E have kind of forms of emotional dysregulation, aren’t
able to regulate and control their emotions effectively, so having an
understanding of that through the master’s programme has really
helped in my current work. As a result of the lessons I’ve learned and the research
I’ve done which is based on ICT policies in Ghana, I have been
requested by the Ministry of Education in Ghana to lead the review of
the pre-tertiary education curriculum. Many refugees have come from non-English
speaking countries and countries that are ravaged by conflict.
Reconnect is a charity that was set up in 2003 to support refugees into
higher education. It introduced the education style of UK. Things that they
thought would be difficult, somehow made it easier. This will leapfrog me
into what I would love to do for the rest of my life, that is teaching. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our
work over the past year and say how much I’m looking forward to continuing to
work together. In these turbulent times, it’s education
that will enable individuals and societies to better face the
challenges of change.

2 Replies to “WORLD #1 FOR EDUCATION 2019 | UCL Institute of Education”

  • I have very fond memories of my time of study at the IOE. My PCGE year was tough but very, very rewarding. A great institution…

  • I've just finished my master studies there, it is a great institution. I would love to come back!!

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