Festival of Education

The inaugural ‘Festival of Education’, a first of its kind, two-day convocation powered by GEMS Education, the world’s largest private K-12 school education provider, in partnership with the Government of Rajasthan, is set to take place at the Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre on the 5th and 6th of August 2017. The Festival of Education has been incepted to celebrate the future of education, facilitating knowledge exchange and exploring a new world of possibilities for Education in Rajasthan and the “New India” with clear actions and solutions. An unprecedented event, the festival will see over 1,00,000 global innovators, academicians, faculty, change-makers, vice chancellors, educationalists, teachers, students, parents, scientists, and policy makers under one roof, united by the same goal – to give shape to the future of education through discourse, discussion and debate.

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The Festival of Education will entertain and inspire in equal measure and will be divided into three experience zones which include Fundamental to capture high-level, thought-leadership panel discussions led by international stalwarts in the field of education and policy and game changers who play a fundamental role in shaping the future of the youth and in turn the future of India; Elemental, themed around Earth, Water, Wind, Fire and Aether to feature conversations by high-profile personalities from all walks of life, derived from these elements, to encapsulate a holistic learning; and Experimental, a special curated zone where governments exhibit technology that will drive the future of education.

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Some of India’s most respected personalities will participate in the Festival of Education to participate in sessions in the Elemental Hall. They include legendary actress Shabana Azmi (City of Joy, Reluctant Fundamentalist), former Miss Universe and actress Sushmita Sen (Main Hoon Na), award winning actress Divya Datta (Special 26, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), musician Shankar Mahadevan (Founder, Shankar Mahadevan Academy), and fashion designer JJ Valaya (House of Valaya). The worlds of food, nutrition and health will also be represented at the Festival of Education, with the attendance of chef Manish Mehrotra (Indian Accent), Masterchef India 4 Finalist Karishma Sakhrani (Culinary Genius), nutritionist and author Pooja Makhija (Eat Delete) and Himalayan yoga guru Bharat Thakur (Chairman & Founder, Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga).

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His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE will be the Guest of Honour and the keynote speaker at the Festival of Education and will deliver the Keynote Address.

Other features of the event include cultural presentations by schools and universities, a Tweetathon to launch the largest conversation on education on twitter over 24 hours, featuring 100 panellists spanning educatalysts, policy makers and even Bollywood stars, and a one of its kind felicitation ceremony in India to spotlight some of the finest works from teachers in India.