Tuesday, October 13, 2015

World’s highest rated schools to meet in India to discuss future of school education


New Delhi, 13 October 2015: Great educators from top rated schools around the world are coming together in Gurgaon for the first-ever annual meeting of the Global Schools’ Alliance (GSA). The agenda for this year’s event is “Co-creating the world’s best schools”. Due to the fact that the first and only school from India, Vega School, was the latest addition to the group, the head of GSA, Lene Jensby Lange from Denmark, chose India as the host country for the inaugural meeting.

Between 13th and 16th October, the heads and founders of progressive schools in the US, UK, New Zealand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Denmark, and India will travel to Delhi NCR to attend the 3 day annual conference and exchange research and best practises about how children learn. The GSA will also set goals on how to collaborate with each other for the coming years and select projects on which children can work together internationally. The three day conference will conclude with a Gala dinner where the international guests will speak with about 250 parents in Gurgaon whose children will form the first class of the school.

Sandy Hooda, Co-founder of Vega Schools, said, “Great educators from truly amazing schools likeAllan Kjaer Andersen, Director of Ørestad Gymnasium in Denmark and Sandra Jenkins from Freemans Bay School in New Zealand, are coming here to share their experiences. We think there is a lot for Indian schools to learn from their counterparts and help put the child at the centre of learning.”

GSA head Lene Lange finds Gurgaon a very interesting place educationally. She said, “I see a lot of schools coming up in the region who intend to be progressive in nature. Schools in India still need to change a lot in order to become truly progressive 21st century schools”.

Within the GSA, partner schools and faculty are continuously learning from each other. Schools exchange research studies, best practises, and host other member schools’ teachers for visits and teaching opportunities. Students attending member schools also benefit from the partnership. Barbara Cavanagh from Albany Senior High School in New Zealand finds it very important for children from different kinds of schools to work together on projects, “Through online facilities children are able to collaborate with students in other countries on projects. By doing this they learn about different cultures and how to work together with people from different backgrounds. Our students are really excited about this.”


About Global Schools’ Alliance
The Global Schools' Alliance was formed in 2012 by progressive schools worldwide because they realized that while the world is rapidly changing, education and schools are not. The GSA wants to change that. Member schools are amongst the highest rated schools in their respective countries and have agreed to bring their experience and knowledge to work together to improve the standards of education globally. GSA connects child-focused innovators with like-minded educational institutes around the world by sharing research, support, and peer critiques with the goal of revolutionizing education and institutionalizing 

Visitors for the GSA event
Allan Kjær Andersen, Principal, Ørestad Gymnasium, Denmark
Andy Raymer, former Head of Matthew Moss High School and Vega Schools Board Member, UK
Barbara Cavanagh, Principal, Albany Senior High School, New Zealand
Jeff Holte, Academic Coordinator, Liger Learning Center, Cambodia
Lene Jensby Lange, Founder of Autens Future Schools and Head of Global Schools' Alliance, Denmark
Mahesh Prasad, GSA Guest, Head of School, Step by Step School, India
Melissa Daniels, Founding Director, High Tech Middle Chula Vista, High Tech High, USA
Ni Putu Tirka Widanti, President, Yayasan Kul-Kul, Indonesia
Pawan Gupta, Board Member, Vega Schools, India
Sandra Jenkins, Principal, Freemans Bay School, New Zealand
Sandy Hooda, Co-founder, Vega Schools, India
Steve Edwards, President and CEO of Edwards Educational Services, Inc. and Co-founder of Vega Schools, India
Sugandha Mathur Anand, Head of Schools, Vega Schools, India

More information: www.globalschoolsalliance.org.

About the event
This 14-16 October 2015, GSA member schools will send representatives to Gurgaon, India for their annual meeting. Principals, Heads of School, Founders, and School Leaders will converge for a three day conference hosted by the Alliance's newest member, Vega Schools.

During this time they will share updates on their schools, discuss how every school can benefit and learn more from the Alliance, and have a panel discussion open to parents who are interested learning more about how the Alliance will benefit their child's education. Participants will meet their counterparts from other countries, share research, plan international projects for their students in coordination with other attendees, and explore Incredible India!

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