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Enjoy What You Do and Who You Do It With

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The Year 2020

The year 2020 has pushed educators to pause and reflect on education as it stands today and rethink how it needs to be for the future, so that this generation of learners not only survive, but are able to thrive and lead in the uncertainty and change. We believe that now is the time more than ever, to push conversations that ensure we don’t go back to where we were before, but instead take all we’ve learned forward and build back better.

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Episode E

Enjoy What You Do and Who You Do It With

29 May 2021

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It’s the journey that transforms us, not the destination. What does it mean to enjoy the process of delivering education together with those who are part of it. How can we make education enjoyable and engage students in today’s world?

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Featuring
Saku Tuominen
Saku Tuominen

Saku Tuominen

Founder and Creative Director of HundrED

Saku is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, author, and speaker with a background in media and television. He specialises in ‘creativity and innovation’ and has taught in more than a hundred companies around the world.

During his 20 years in television, Saku produced thousands of hours of programs, created almost 100 tv formats, and co-founded Broadcasters, one of the most successful independent tv production companies in Finland. In 2009 Saku Tuominen was the Chief Creative Officer of Zodiak Entertainment, the world’s 3rd largest tv production company in London. In the same year, he also founded Idealist Group, a production company of ideas with a mission to improve the world with bold ideas that are well executed. Saku is currently focused on improving K12 education globally through HundrED, a global education community that seeks and shares inspiring educational innovations.

Shaheen Mistri
Shaheen Mistri

Shaheen Mistri

CEO of Teach For India

Shaheen returned to India at 18 to start Akanksha, providing children from low-income communities the kind of education that would maximize their greatest potential. Today, Akanksha serves 9300 children.

In 2008, Shaheen founded Teach For India, with an audacious vision of providing an excellent education to all children across India. Today, Teach For India directly impacts approximately 32,000 children across seven regions. Shaheen has also created projects like the Maya Musical, the Kid's Education Revolution which explore student leadership, creating platforms for student voice and partnership, and TFIx, which is a year-long incubator programme.

Shaheen serves on the boards of Akanksha Foundation, and Simple Education Foundation. Shaheen has been an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and an Asia Society 21 Leader. She is the author of the book, Redrawing India and the Miss Muglee Children’s Books. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester.

Marcus Veerman
Marcus Veerman

Marcus Veerman

Founder and Leader of Playground Ideas

With a background in teaching and training, Marcus is an ideas man that specialises in solving problems and designing solutions for people and things. Self motivated, resilient, adaptable, Marcus has worked on complex projects in no less than 15 countries. He thrives when challenged in any environment.

Marcus is the Founder and leader of Playground Ideas. After building 40 playgrounds in Thailand, Marcus created an open source playground model that supports anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools and skills. Playground Ideas has created more than 4000 stimulating playspaces, in 143 countries for more than 2.2m children. Marcus worked with Belgium designer Emma Ribbens for 18 months to create Nüdel Kart which launched in September 2019.

Von Wong
Von Wong

Von Wong

Artist, Activist, Advisor

Von Wong's work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek's 11 content branded masterminds.

Carmelo Presicce
Carmelo Presicce

Carmelo Presicce

Research Assistant at MIT Media Lab

Carmelo is a graduate student in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab. His research is focused on the design and facilitation of creative learning experiences, in-person and online. His most recent work revolves around Learning Creative Learning: an online course and global community of educators who explore the principles and practices of learning through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play. He’s constantly experimenting with new approaches to online learning, particularly in the context of hands-on, inclusive, playful, and collaborative online coding workshops with the Scratch programming language. Before joining MIT, he worked as a software developer, organizing free coding clubs for children, running professional development programs for educators, and designing other creative learning experiences for learners of all ages.

Soonufat Supramaniam
Soonufat Supramaniam

Soonufat Supramaniam

Founder of Leadspire Academy

As the Founder of Leadspire Academy, Teach For Malaysia’s alumni, Soon, believes that mapping the creative potential of all children in Malaysia through performing arts education is at the core of transforming potential. Soon's performance and teaching background in Australia taught him to value performance art education. He believes in working collaborative to promote the importance of arts education in Malaysia.

Two of his students’ theatrical productions titled “Find Your Light” and “Singing To The Lions” were featured Youth Productions for George Town Festival 2017 and 2018 respectively. “Find Your Light 2017” won the Best English Language Program 2018 in ASEAN Region.

Soon's focus on mastery based learning, creativity in teaching and learning as well as interest in innovative practices led him to win Teach For Malaysia’s YTL Transformational Teaching Award in year 2018 and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Funding in Year 2020.

Lou Yeoh
Lou Yeoh

Lou Yeoh

Executive Director of FrogAsia

Lou is passionate about making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education. Through FrogAsia, she works to empower and equip schools, teachers, students and parents with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the internet.

Lou graduated with a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University. She enjoys baking in her free time and co-founded Dilufe & Co, an annual Christmas baking project, to raise funds for charity. She is also a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Soon Seng Chan
Soon Seng Chan

Soon Seng Chan

CEO of Teach For Malaysia

Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort as a Fellow in 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a staff member for over six years, overseeing the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship as Programme Director.

Soon Seng holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.

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Episode H

Here to Make a Difference

3 March 2021

Understanding that the purpose of education is to make a difference in lives, we ask ourselves: How can we better prepare students to engage and thrive in today’s ever-changing world, so they can lead in the uncertainty and make a difference?

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Andreas Schleicher
Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Andreas initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy-makers, researchers, and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices.

Before joining the OECD, he was the Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA) and has spent over 20 years working with ministers and education leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. He has been recognised as “the most important man in English education” by Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove and is a recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Theodor Heuss Prize for “exemplary democratic engagement”.

Karen Wong
Karen Wong

Karen Wong

Head of Centre at Kindity School

Karen's passion for early education began in 2005 while she was still a marketing professional. Her research on the best schooling options for her young children set her on an entirely new career path. Today her philosophy of early childhood education is very much rooted in Montessori pedagogy, where kindness in children is nurtured and their full potential is realised through meaningful learning.

As the Head of Centre at Kindity preschool, her vision is to integrate the Montessori philosophy with the design thinking framework from the highly acclaimed Riverside School of Ahmedabad, offering a fresh interpretation of early childhood education for families in Malaysia.

Kiran Bir Sethi
Kiran Bir Sethi

Kiran Bir Sethi

Founder of The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, and Design For Change

Kiran is a Designer who became a Teacher, a Principal who grew into an Education Reformer, and now, a Social Entrepreneur. After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (India), Kiran successfully ran her own graphic design firm over a decade before she founded The Riverside School in Ahmedabad in 2001. The school is now viewed as a laboratory for prototyping “design processes” which enable “transformative” student learning experiences.

In 2009, Kiran launched “Design for Change” which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN mind-set in all children. Today, DFC is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is active in over 60 countries, impacting more than 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.

d’Arcy Lunn
d’Arcy Lunn

d’Arcy Lunn

Founder of Teaspoons of Change, and Group Head of Sustainability and Global Citizenship with the Dulwich Group of Schools

As an educator who is passionate about teaching, sharing, volunteering, travel, and learning, d’Arcy has spent the past 20 years giving over 1,400 presentations to 140,000 people across more than 90 countries and in the process, working with development, environmental, social justice, and global education organisations towards a world with access and opportunity for everyone, everywhere. His self-initiated conceptand organisation, Teaspoons of Change, focuses on the personal choices, decisions, and actions that have a positive impact on people and the planet.

d’Arcy is also an ambassador, advocate, and enthusiast with many organisations including: World’s Largest Lesson, JUMP! Foundation, Global Citizen, End Polio Now, UNICEF, WHO, Gates Foundation, RESULTS, the Global Education and Leadership Foundation, Live Below the Line and many others. He currently lives and works out of a tiny sustainable house in Australia.

Aizat Izyani
Aizat Izyani

Aizat Izyani

Head of Product at FrogAsia

Aizat has been a part of the pioneering team at FrogAsia since 2012, working towards providing a nationwide education ecosystem, evaluating the use of technology in schools, and implementing the use of the Frog Virtual Learning Environment to all 10,000 schools in Malaysia.

Since then, Aizat has driven product development and is responsible for the design and delivery of all web and mobile applications of Frog. Aizat remains a firm believer in the power of technology to change lives for the better, and hopes to provide equal access to quality education for all students.

Claudia Anthony
Claudia Anthony

Claudia Anthony

Leadership Development Manager at Teach For Malaysia

Claudia oversees Fellow development at TFM and ensures student learning is at the forefront of Fellows' minds. She enjoys impact-related work and conversations on how impact can leave a lasting impression on their students and the people around them, no matter how small.

Prior to joining TFM as staff, Claudia was a TFM Fellow who taught Math and English. This helped her see first-hand that it takes a village to raise a child and ensure that child receives an excellent education.

Datin Kathleen Chew
Datin Kathleen Chew

Datin Kathleen Chew

Group Legal Counsel of the YTL Group. and Programme Director of the YTL Foundation

Kathleen is passionate about driving change in education particularly through the use of technology. As Programme Director of the YTL Foundation, she has introduced programmes to transform classrooms in schools into 21st century spaces that inspire learning, incubated the Global School Leaders programme that supports leadership development in schools across Malaysia, and brought the Acumen Academy Fellowship programme into the country.

She is also Group Legal Counsel for the YTL Group and sits on the boards of various Malaysian charities, the Asia Philanthropy Circle and Acumen Fund, Inc. Kathleen was the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016 and a Local Ambassador for the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards 2018.

Gareth Davies
Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies

Managing Director of Frog Education UK

Gareth believes that the successful use of technology is first and foremost about people. He co-founded Frog in 1999 with a mission to enable every individual child to get the best education they possibly can through insights and experiences that technology provides.

For over 20 years, Frog has been changing the way that schools and teachers teach through technology, winning various awards such as the BETT Award for Open Educational Resources in 2018, the Education Investor Award for Exporting Excellence in 2017 and the BETT Award for ICT Provider of the Year in 2015.

Lou Yeoh
Lou Yeoh

Lou Yeoh

Executive Director of FrogAsia

Lou is passionate about making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education. Through FrogAsia, she works to empower and equip schools, teachers, students and parents with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the internet.

Lou graduated with a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University. She enjoys baking in her free time and co-founded Dilufe & Co, an annual Christmas baking project, to raise funds for charity. She is also a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Soon Seng Chan
Soon Seng Chan

Soon Seng Chan

CEO of Teach For Malaysia

Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort as a Fellow in 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a staff member for over six years, overseeing the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship as Programme Director.

Soon Seng holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.

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