Jordanian Education Minister H.E. Dr. Mohammad Wahsh inaugurated the meetings, attending the opening ceremony, which also included education ministers from Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.
Discussions during the first day covered building the information and communications technology sector for education infrastructure, and methods to train teachers and develop curricula, with key presentations by Dr. Jarallah Al-Ghamdi, General Supervisor for IT at the Saudi Ministry of Education, and Ms. Mahra Hilal Al-Mutaiwei, Director of the Regional Centre for Educational Planning.
The two-day summit, which is organised by ArabBrains of The Brains Network Ltd. under the patronage of the Jordanian Ministry of Education, features keynote ministerial presentations and panel discussions from thought leaders for education, ICT, science and technology, chaired by leading industry partners such as HP and Oracle.
Moreover, around 35 pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings at the summit between companies, government ministries, educational institutions and civil society organisations from the participating countries give stakeholders the chance to meet and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the process of integrating ICT with education in the region.
Representatives of the UNESCO, the Arab League Educational, Cultural & Scientific Organisation (ALESCO), and the Islamic Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) are also participating in the roundtable meetings, some of which were held on Tuesday, with the remainder slated for Wednesday. The event also features corporate presentation and meeting areas for ICT companies to demonstrate their leading products and innovations.
On Wednesday, the opening session included education ministers and directors from Bahrain, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Iraq-Kurdistan. Other topics covered on the event´s second day also include a session on education technology and tablet applications, and a session on the vocational "skills gap" and means to reform higher education.
The sessions are set to feature presentations by Dr. Matt Harris — head of learning resources at the German European School in Singapore and board director of the International Society for Technology in Education — and Ms. Orla Nichorcora, senior director for the Middle East and Africa at Oracle.