The African Education Summit was a landmark event aimed at directly improving the quality of education. Deborah MacArthur, President of Global Education, made a presentation (PDF downloads of presentation and speech notes available at bottom of page) focused on giving girls greater access to schools, keeping them in school and equipping them to be leaders.
Below you can view Deborah giving her presentation and also find the full videos of the success stories that are featured in her presentation.
To attract FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) to Morocco, the American Chamber of Commerce interviewed leading multinationals in Morocco about opportunities and challenges. For the Education Sector, the President of Global Education was featured. She commented on the educational landscape and how it supports companies seeking to invest here. Watch some of Morocco's Top Multinational companies talk about opportunities, and President MacArthur endorse the George Washington Academy as the leading multinational model of education for Morocco.
The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) affirms that private education in Morocco has been able to respond to job market needs and gives better chances for employability of its graduates. In a recent presentation, the Director of AMCHAM also pointed out that Morocco is becoming a hub, platform and gateway to other markets. The recent foreign direct investment includes Powerex, Minco, Delphi, Visteon and Bombardier.
Entrepreneurs and business leaders in Morocco say there is a lack of qualified leaders, and yet a wave of entrepreneurial opportunities in Morocco is waiting for the right strategy to launch businesses to a new level. As an educator and leader in the largest international American school in our region, I took this statement to our teachers and faculty. I challenged them to consider deliberate and effective ways we can prepare our students for their future.
As a result of speaking with entrepreneurs about the most desirable qualities needed for success, I discovered three common themes. The American educational philosophy leads the way in what we call, “Differentiated Instruction” where students are treated as individuals with specific strengths to be encouraged and nurtured.
Three common themes that make up the profile for a successful entrepreneur:
Global Education: Providing Multicultural Environments for the 21st Century
Thinking Locally, Acting Globally
Interview with Deborah MacArthur, President Global Education
GE President, Deborah MacArthur
Does multiculturalism in schools result in a better understanding of the world?
Remember when the corporate world required Diversity Training to teach employees to accept others’ differences? Today, we should not have to “teach diversity”. If our children experience multiculturalism in a school that encourages students to understand and respect differences, then the understanding of other cultures will come naturally. Children in respectful, nurturing, multicultural school environments live and breathe diversity like they live and breathe the Internet and iPads.
Why do you think that multiculturalism is a strength for a student’s future?
Your child probably has friends from around the world on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. But those online-friends don’t give your child real, dynamic relationships. Instead, when children develop multicultural friendships in school, they can learn collaborative teamwork and respect for different cultures with live people. In this context, they will gain the multicultural foundation required to succeed in the workplace where globalization is the norm.
Essor’s special edition is about the preparation and identification of the economy and its needs looking for today’s profiles and education while anticipating the needs over 15-20 years.
Interview with Deborah MacArthur, President Global Education Morocco, to get an overview of the American point of view:
ESSOR - What’s the role of the government in the USA in that context?
President MacArthur - American Schools are encouraged by the US Government to continuously innovate and expand to meet the needs of youth in this global economy. American schools lead the way with adopting leading-edge research on learning styles and measuring results – not just academic but leadership, character, and teamwork which are critical behaviors needed in the 21st century.
ESSOR - How do schools and universities operate to achieve this goal?
President MacArthur - American Schools place a priority on teaching critical thinking and problem solving in team environments. Our future depends on cross-discipline teams bringing the best of science, psychology, history together to tackle the world’s challenges. In addition, this generation is demanding new solutions to social problems. American high schools and universities are offering new social entrepreneurialism courses that focus on equipping the next generation how to lead and generate in a sustainable manner.
Introducing George Washington Academy and Global Education Morocco
Global Education Morocco launched the George Washington Academy (GWA) in 1998. Today, GWA is fully accredited and the largest American K-12 school in Morocco – and across North Africa – including:
- Custom campus on 5 hectares with capacity for 1000 students - 200 employees from over 10 countries - 700 students with over 35 nationalities - Classes taught in three languages - English, French and Arabic.
GWA’s representation of education discussion at the 2nd Annual US-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference at the invitation of NAPEO (North African Partnership for Economic Opportunity), stressed once again GWA’s commitment to excellence, innovation, character building and equipping youth for leadership. GWA's Head of School, Dr David Welling, HS principal Tim Warren and Board members were GWA guests at the conference.
GWA Students in Washington DC at Global Leadership Conference: Waleed Helweeh, Maissoun Ksara, Zineb Merzak, Adil Skalli
"We are the generation of leaders, a generation of peace, a generation of tolerance, a generation of multi-ethnicity, and a generation of change."
The George Washington Academy represented Morocco at the First International Emerging Leaders Conference in Richmond, Virginia. Four GWA students and a professor joined 60 students from 11 countries in Washington DC for discussions around foreign environmental issues and creation of innovative solutions.
GWA's students Waleed Helweeh, Maissoun Ksara, Adil Skalli, and Zineb Merzak were among the top students at the conference and interviewed by local papers for their views on Morocco and America. The video below shows the GWA students in action with their peers from around the world and provides personal commentary from Adil and Zineb who were interviewed for the video.