On March 17th 2023, the Dilly Hotel in London hosted the annual International Conference on Education and Teaching (ICET), organised by Stirling Education, Stirling Schools, Cambridge University Press, City&Guilds, Gems and UK Teachers Academy. The event was preceded by a reception and dinner at the hotel which provided a platform for the attendees to meet and familiarize themselves with the program ahead of the conference.
Key guests that attended the event were; Mr Mushtaq Talib Salih, Mr Mahmood Hussein Mutlag, Ms Nour Al Rashied, Mr Raheem Mohammed Khashin, Prof. Dr. Dawood Sulaiman Atrushi, Mr Omar Ali Taha, Dr. Alan Hama Saeed, Mr Burhan Abdulla Adil, Mr Dlshad Omer M.Karim, Mr Choman Hama Seed, Mr Seiwan Faraj, Mr Ahmed Semayel Rahman, Mr Saman Abdullah Mohammed, Dr. Kossay Kamalaldeen, Prof. Mersid Poturak, Ms Sarah Chidgey, Dr. Imogen Casebourne, Prof. Muhammed Al Uzri, Lord Greene of Hurstpierpoint, Mr Timothy Fisher, Mr Moneer Hameed Tolephih, Dr Omed Aruzery.
The reception was a great opportunity for guests to network and connect with other attendees. During the reception, key guests took the opportunity to make their first remarks and introduce themselves. Following the reception, guests were treated to a delightful dining experience. The meal was also an opportunity for the attendees to interact with each other further, exchange ideas, and discuss the day’s events.
The following day, the conference officially began, and the attendees delved straight into the themes and topics that were scheduled for the day. The conference featured presentations and panel discussions that focused on various aspects of education and teaching. The speakers were experts in their fields, and their insights were thought-provoking and informative. The panels were made up of twelve speakers; Alex McCullough, Caroline Whitting, Ian Jamieson and Dr Moneer Hameed, Stuart Skinner, Jane Rexworthy, Prof. Dr. Dawood Atrushi, Alex Atherton, Dr. Muataz Alhussein, Dr. David Holliman, Matt Vickery,Dr. Umed Aruzery, Dr. Imogene Casebourne, all of whom made valuable contributions to the discussions. We also had five keynote speakers who added to the discussion; Dr. Alan Hama Saeed, Minister of Education KRG, IRAQ, Mr. Mahmood Hussein Mutual, Vice Chairman of the Education Committee, Iraqi parliament Dr. Imogene Casebourne, Associate Researche (Research Lead DEFI Innovation Lab) University of Cambridge, Prof. Muhammed Al Uzri, Health and Higher Education- Advisor Iraq Britain Business Council and Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint. One of the highlights of the conference was Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint’s speech which was deeply inspiring.
The other presentations and discussions were equally insightful, covering topics such as the use of technology in education, teacher training, and the challenges of educating in the era of Gen Z.
The conference ended on a high note, with the attendees leaving with new knowledge, connections, and ideas to take back to their respective countries and institutions. The ICET was a resounding success, and the reception and dinner that preceded it set the tone for an exceptional conference experience. The event was a testament to the importance of education and teaching in society and the need for international collaboration and exchange of ideas to improve the quality of education worldwide.
Following the conference, Guests were invited for afternoon tea at the House of Lords where they were given speeches by Baroness Nicholson and Mr. Alastair Niven who made a profound point that “The constantly changing technologies which young people are constantly flitting between is a stunning perspective of a dynamic future of which Iraq and Britain will play a leading part”, which is a takeaway that is particularly important for Stirling Education.
The day following the event, guests were given a guided tour of London which was arranged to take the guests on a journey through the most iconic landmarks and attractions in the city. For many of the guests, it was their first-time visiting London, making the tour an even more unique and special experience. One of the highlights of the tour was the boat ride through London on the river Thames which provided a different perspective on the city, something we’re sure all guests will remember.