Children’s Aspirations and Education in the Pandemic World

Children’s Aspirations and Education in the Pandemic World

One of the most profound implications of COVID-19 was the impact on 1.5 billion children worldwide -- and the disruption to their traditional in-classroom education. For those who were lucky enough to have access to the bandwidth, computers and technology, this meant entirely different ways of learning and education, and for the many who didn’t have access, this meant a catastrophic interruption to their education. So what have children really missed out on?

Dr. Ger Graus will enlighten us about new ways of looking at educating children, beyond the traditional systems and structures of schooling. You will get an entirely new perspective of how to inspire children to think about who they want to be (vs. defining themselves by an occupation).

About Dr. Ger Graus

Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education. He was the first Global Director of Education at KidZania, and, prior to that, the founding CEO of the Children’s University. In 2019, Ger was invited to become a Visiting Professor at the National Research University in Moscow, Russia. In 1983 he moved to the United Kingdom where he began his teaching career and subsequently became an Education Adviser, a Senior Inspector, and Director of Education.

Ger is a member of the Bett Global Education Council, Junior Achievement’s Worldwide Global Council, chairs the Beaconhouse School System’s Advisory Board, Pakistan, Advises the Fondazione Reggio Children, Italy, and has been invited by His Highness Sheikh Hamadan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Price of Dubai, to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future Councils. He also works with and advises organizations globally on the learning agenda in its widest sense, including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), WISE as part of the Qatar Foundation, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, as well as the business world.

In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honor’s List Ger was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children. In his book ‘Natural Born Learners’, author Alex Beard says: “In learning terms, Ger Graus is Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka.”

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