Toshiba furthers commitment to education sector with Education Fast Forward partnership

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Toshiba furthers commitment to education sector with Education Fast Forward partnership

London, UK, 30th April 2015: Toshiba today announces it is building on its commitment to raising awareness and understanding of technology in education through a partnership with Education Fast Forward (EFF). The partnership marks the latest in a series of initiatives Toshiba has launched to provide support to the education sector through its expertise and solutions.

EFF is a UK charity which provides a global and accessible platform for all stakeholders in education – from students and parents, to teachers, policy makers and leaders. It is designed to bring these different groups together, and allow them  to discuss and debate prominent trends and challenges in the sector.

Toshiba’s support begins on Thursday, 7th May 2015, which sees the first debate take place under the new partnership. The debate will explore the theme of “re-imagining learning,” in response to the changes  in technology available to schools, through to how learning occurs through neuroscience. Prominent industry figure and Toshiba Education Ambassador Bob Harrison will appear as a panelist from the UK, providing insight from his extensive career in education.

The debate will be chaired by EFF co-founder Gavin Dykes, and the panel will include guest speaker Howard Rheingold, a California-based teacher and critic who has written several specialist books about the evolution of the internet, the mind, social media and collaboration. Howard will join the debate from Norway’s conference for Education and Learning (NKUL) where he is lecturing on social media and co-learning, alongside a Norwegian team of debaters.

“Education Fast Forward partners exclusively with companies which have a similar ethos of promoting collaboration in education in order to achieve and share the best possible results and practices, and we are delighted to have found such a partner in Toshiba,” said EFF CEO and co-founder Jim Wynn.  “We hope to harness Toshiba’s impressive insight on the sector to further engage education communities globally in the debate of key topics and challenges, and to realise positive, significant change as a result.”

“We are thrilled to be involved with such a forward-thinking charity in the education sector,” adds Mark Byrne, Head of Corporate, Education and Public Sector at Toshiba UK.  “We share Education Fast Forward’s ambitions to drive discussions in teaching and learning at an international level, and we look forward to building on our reputation as the number one supporter of technology in education, spreading awareness of our programmes through even more schools who may look to work with us in the future.”

Education Fast Forward has enjoyed rapid growth in both reach and reputation, with over 30 countries having taken part in its 12 debates to date.  Countries joining the online conversation on 7 May include Australia, France, South Korea and Zimbabwe. The debate can be viewed live via and questions can be asked on Twitter using #EFF13


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About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

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About Education Fast Forward (EFF)

Education Fast Forward (EFF) is a UK charity that brings together education stakeholders from across the globe to discuss and debate the key issues in education today. Its aim is to move education forward, faster forward.