The Global Education and Skills Conference is a Cultural Smoothie #gesf

Coming from a small, traditional farming community in the southern United States, it’s a bit of a shock to suddenly find yourself immersed in such a diverse array of ethnicities and cultures-ancient and modern-young and old. New ideas and ways of thinking mix with the traditional views and cultures of people around the globe as people from a myriad of backgrounds come together at the Global Education and Skills Forum held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is so diverse that it is almost like a smoothie with a little bit of everything in it.

Here are some pictures my students took at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai in March 2015. After we started connecting online, we began traveling the world and connecting face to face. Connecting online truly opens a world of possibility for kids and helps them become global citizens.
Authored by Elizabeth G and Rebekah B, student reporters from Westwood Schools attending the Global Education and Skills forum in Dubai with their teacher, Vicki Davis.

There are people from every corner of the globe here and it is just amazing to see how all these people come together with a common goal of furthering education around the world and making the world a better place. The collaborative atmosphere of the people here at the conference is really incredible and it is truly an eye opening experience to be able to talk with other people from around the globe with different viewpoints and learn to see things from a different perspective.

It seems like everyone here is completely dedicated to the task at hand and has a heart and passion for education. So, even though the delegates of the conference all come from different walks of life, they are able to blend their cultures together and bridge the gap to make lasting relationships as they pursue a common goal of education, equity, and employment for all.

A note from teacher, Vicki Davis. I believe that conferences about education should include students. I'm excited that the organizers of the Global Education and Skills conference do as well. This is a very important conference because it brings together policy makers, politicians, principals, teachers, and world leaders to envision and push forward education in the world. You'll be seeing the voice of students shared on my blog as they experience the conference and share their thoughts.

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