Debating the Future of Education – Have Your Say!

Please note the first debate has now taken place. Read on for more information.

At EFF, we’re passionate about being at the forefront of educational developments globally. Education Fast Forward (EFF) is a new body, supported by Promethean and Cisco, that brings together leading thinkers and ambassadors for change from across the world of education. It provides opportunities to debate the key challenges in education not only today but also for the future, as we progress through the third millennium.

At the core of EFF are regular debates involving the aforementioned panel of thought leaders, or “Foundation Fellows” as they’ll be collectively known. In the debates, the Foundation Fellows will discuss the pressing problems facing education across the planet, with a particular focus on the ways that education can be improved through the use of technology.

However, the debates are not limited to the Foundation Fellows and we’re very keen for all educators to have their say on these important issues affecting the world they live and work in. As such, we invite you all to submit questions to put forward to the panel for discussion.

The first debate took place on 1 November 2010 and focused on two key topics presented by Bálint Magyar, Former Minister of Education for Hungary (1996-1998; 2002-2006) and Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, CBE, award-winning filmmaker, President of UNICEF UK 2002-2009 and Chairman of Futurelab.

  • Topic 1: “The right to digital skills development should be adopted internationally as a Basic Human Right.”
  • Topic 2: “In the digital age creativity in education will play a critical role, even more critical than STEM education in achieving national economic success.”

Join the debate by posting your questions on the above topics today!

You can post your questions by commenting on this blog, or, if you’d like to remain anonymous, you can email questions to In your email, please state that you wish to remain anonymous and we will make sure that your name is not made public whenever we pose or publish the questions. The closing date for question submissions for the first debate is 2pm (GMT), Sunday, 31 October 2010.

For further information about EFF, details of the Foundation Fellows and the agenda for the inaugural debate, head over to the Education Fast Forward section. Video highlights and a report from the first debate will be added after the debate has taken place.

Best wishes,

The EFFDebate Team

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