VISION 2020: Education Conference
The City School held its 6th Biennial International Conference, ‘Vision 2020 – The search for Creative Remedial and Innovative Ideas for 21st Century Education’, at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore, on 17 March 2012.
The conference was chaired by Deputy Secretary General PML-N Mr Ahsan Iqbal, and the guests included Mr Shuja-ur-Rehman, Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mr Najam Sethi, Dr Mujahid Kamran, Dr Arfa Syed, and many other dignitaries, luminaries, scholars, educators and delegates from Pakistan, UK, New Zealand, China and Sri Lanka.
The conference was convened to look in depth at the most important aspects of the challenges faced by the country, showcasing practical answers for today’s problems and offering visionary solutions to the emerging trends of tomorrow.
Four thematic areas selected for exploration were:
- Providing an innovative and accessible curriculum
- Becoming a national and international centre of excellence for education
- Promoting a sustainable future
- Creating a movement resolute on providing quality education in the shifting landscape.
The focus was on 2020 being a milestone in the next phase of development and a tangible point from which changes in the educational scenario can take effect. The conference investigated the key issues that education is facing in Pakistan, and how The City School proposed to respond, as it moved towards 2020.
The main area highlighted for immediate attention was the teacher training. The conference acknowledged that these are changing times in education, requiring professional development of teachers. The conference concluded that teachers are not only one of the variables that needed to be changed in order to improve Pakistan’s education system, but that they are also the most significant change agents in this respect. This dual role of teacher in educational restructuring – being both the subject and object of change – makes the field of teachers’ professional development critical for educational reforms in future.