Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE

Global Director of Education KidZania, UK

Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education, where, since March 2017, he holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania. 

Professor Graus has been and is at the heart of innovation and project development such as ‘KidZania World Online’, ‘Individual Pupil Participation Profiles’, ‘KidZtalks’, ‘KidZania Careers Weeks’, education ‘Think-Tanks’, ‘Ambassador Schools’, ‘The Imaginarium of Childhood’, and independent evaluations by, amongst others the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Cass Business School, Havas Helia, Tecnol√≥gico de Monterrey, Mexico, and the Pinsky Centre as part of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Based on these evaluations’ findings, Professor Graus is now advocating a ‘Futures Awareness’ campaign to globally introduce careers education, including further studies, into the primary school phase. After all, as he frequently reminds us: “Children can only aspire to what they know exists.” Professor Graus started at KidZania London in 2014, where he was responsible for developing the UK-wide education strategy, including partnerships with schools, Higher Education, commercial and third sector learning partners.

Before this, in 2007, he became the founding Chief Executive of the Children's University. Under his leadership, the Children's University became a multiple-award winning international charity providing 5 to 14-year-olds with exciting and innovative learning opportunities outside school hours. The Children’s University's global reach now extends as far as Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East. 

Professor Graus now works with and advises organisations globally on the learning agenda in its widest sense. He is a member of the Bett Global Education Council, chairs the Beaconhouse School System’s Education Advisory Board, Pakistan, in 2019 joined Junior Achievement Worldwide’s Global Council, Advises the Fondazione Reggio Children, Italy, and has been invited by His Highness Sheikh Hamadan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Price of Dubai, to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future Councils. 

Professor Graus is a regular contributor in TES Global and for TommorrowsChild.TV. He hosts a Pearson webinar series, ‘#TheNewNormal, and has a monthly column, ‘Becoming Me’, in The Week Junior; he is also working with Dorling Kindersley (DK) on a series of ‘Futures Awareness’ books for primary-aged children. 

In his book ‘Natural Born Learners’, author Alex Beard says of Professor Graus: “In learning terms, Ger Graus is Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka.”

 


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A Message of Hope: A study of hope, wellbeing and resilience in 2020

The Message of Hope campaign in GoBubble, spanned the UAE and 59 other countries, aimed to mobilise children directly to help spread positivity in response to the global mental health crisis post COVID-19. As we enter a new school term, Henry Platten and Ger Graus OBE explore the global and UAE findings of this innovative project and discuss how these unique insights can inform our approaches to social and emotional pedagogy in 2021. Join our esteemed speakers as we ask the question: what does hope look like in the eyes of children and educators?

Tuesday 08 December 15:45 - 16:30 Room 1

Add to calendar 12/08/2020 15:45 12/08/2020 16:30 A Message of Hope: A study of hope, wellbeing and resilience in 2020 The Message of Hope campaign in GoBubble, spanned the UAE and 59 other countries, aimed to mobilise children directly to help spread positivity in response to the global mental health crisis post COVID-19. As we enter a new school term, Henry Platten and Ger Graus OBE explore the global and UAE findings of this innovative project and discuss how these unique insights can inform our approaches to social and emotional pedagogy in 2021. Join our esteemed speakers as we ask the question: what does hope look like in the eyes of children and educators? Main Arena

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