World Links Arab Region ICT & Skills in Education
06/16/09 History Created by Mr. James Wolfensohn, the ex-President of the World Bank, in 1997 Independent NGO based in Washington D.C., in 1999 World Links Arab Region, was initiated and independent in 2003, one of World Links success stories .
Instil: ICT and 21 st Century Skills in education and among youth
Countries : launch in 22 Arab Countries. Support WL Global operations (75 countries)
Youth : Reach 20 million youth, scalable to 100 million youth and women.
New Initiatives : ICT in 1-12 Education, Higher Education, Vocational Training and Community-based Projects.
Sustainability in Countries: Build capacity and sustainability for national roll-outs
Content : Continuously update content, delivery tools and maintain quality.
Outreach : Build awareness and organize educational forums
Networking : Academic and knowledge-based networking among countries.
E-Portal : FOR: networking, training and MIS
Vision Program Outcomes National Impact : Active knowledge communities and economies -- Better preparation for future labor markets and work challenges -- Increased employment opportunities -- Bridging of global digital divide -- Improved educational systems and global understanding In the Long Term…. Networking : Strong Arab and global networked knowledge economies.
The Benefits Are Vast, Yet It Costs So Little… IMPACT !!
Economic impact of investment in education is very substantive.
World Links aims at a cost of $ 1 per student
With an expected $3,000 annual return in a country such as Jordan, for those who gain & sustain life-long learning & higher-level skills.
A $500,000 contribution would enable us to reach nearly half a million youth across a region.
Tiburcio, Paraguay : “Thanks to what I learned, I was offered a job, which is not easy with the economic situation of the country. All of this is thanks to the opportunities learning how to use a computer and work in a team.”
Vision World Links Countries World Links has trained teachers in 34 Countries…
Vision Trained… Country Year Teachers Students (Accumulative Count) Lebanon 2007-2009 500 100,000 Lebanon – UNRWA 2007-2009 200 40,000 Syria 2005-2007 1,450 321,200 Jordan 2003-2008 2,342 493,400 Palestine- moehe 2007-2009 1,000 200,000 Gaza - UNRWA 2006-2008 1,000 200,000 Yemen 2004-2008 769 160,000 Total 7,261 1,514,600
Vision Scalability… Best Scenario – accumulative for ONLY 5 countries * Years Yrs Program Country 1 Country 2 Country 3 Country 4 Country 5 2009- 2010 2 Pilot 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 = 5000 Teachers 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 = 1 million students 2011-2012 2 National Roll Out 10,000 accumulative 11,000 11,000 11,000 11,000 11,000 = 55,000 Teachers 2,200,000 2,200,000 2,200,000 2,200,000 2,200,000 = 11 million students 2013-2014 2 National Roll Out 100,000 accumulative 111,000 111,000 111,000 111,000 111,000 =555,000 Teachers * 22,200,000 22,200,000 22,200,000 22,200,000 22,200,000 = 111 million * This is in theory, but in reality it = maximum number of students. But this number can be achieved via 10 countries
Vision notes… Countries like Morocco and Saudi Arabia have 300,000 and 500,000 teachers respectively. Egypt: over a million ... The 100 Million Scenario If 5 counties reach the 100,000 teachers training readiness stage by 2015, it is then possible to reach the 100 Million mark, accumulatively.
Capacity building and sustainability schemes, such as:
Country adopts the program within its system (reduced cost)
In-house core trainers
Clear and detailed work plan, shared
Involving in all project steps
End of projects assessments
Shared best practices..
TDP Program Expandable Cascade Training Model (1000 teachers / 100,000 Students) Using this model, it is possible to reach one million students in one year: 2 Regional Trainers, 15 Core Trainers, 250-500 MT =10,000 Trained Teachers
TDP Components A needs assessment assesses e-status and gathers information about the educational system. Content and Delivery involves the curricula and tools, accompanied by in-class mentoring. The Program ends with an evaluation mechanism, teachers / students competitions, and certification award ceremonies.
A successful track record and experience in technology and education.
Served as the initiator of the National ICT Training Strategy at the Ministry of Education in 2003, under a UNDP-UNESCO Contract with the Government of Jordan. This included the launch of ICT literacy programs such as ICDL, e-learning programs such as World Links and Intel-Teach-to-the-Future, as well as Microsoft, Cisco and other technical support programs.
Contributed to many national initiatives, institutional capacity building programs and reform policies, and has worked in the public, private and civic sectors, with local and international agencies.
She was part of the Jordanian National Agenda Team of Employment, Vocational Training and Labour.
Specialized in Advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) and virtual reality 3D productions at Virginia Polytechnic University (VT), Virginia USA, in 1995, having graduated from the University of Jordan with a B.Sc. In Mathematics and Pure Sciences.
Reem Bsaiso CEO – World Links Arab Region (WLAR)
Nearly 20 years management, business development, operations, strategic planning and finance experience with both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
Significant international development experience having spent many years working as a management consultant in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
7 years in management and financial roles previously in education field helping to manage a private equity funded company providing teacher professional development for U.S. primary and secondary schools and a non-profit organization focusing on U.S. primary and secondary educational reform.
Experience in privatizations, public-private partnerships; consultant to a venture capital firm.
As a management consultant in and outside of the United States, worked with senior corporate executives and government officials in a wide range of industries including oil, mining, healthcare, capital markets, and agribusiness.
Member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
MBA, University of Chicago; M.Phil. in Economics, Oxford University; B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Engineering, Swarthmore College, USA.
Over 25 years experience in the field of international economic development and management with a particular focus on investments in children and youth.
Co-founded World Links, overseeing its expansion from 3 to 34 countries, first as manager, then as Board Member.
Lived and worked on development challenges in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, Caribbean, Europe and the U.S.
20 years tenure with World Bank with last position as lead economist for Children and Youth, responsible for global strategy.
BA International Relations, Stanford University; MA International Economic Development, Princeton University and l'Institut des Sciences Politiques Paris; Management, Harvard Business School.
Linda Sean McGinnis, Co-Founder WL
Executive Chairman of RevCube, Inc.
Over 25 years in management of software, services and Internet companies, including Ask Jeeves, Bowne Global Solutions, and GlobalWare,
Experience leading successful companies in their growth towards profitability and global expansion .
Managing Director, Wolfenson & Co. LLC
Senior Vice President, World Bank Human Development Network, 2003 -2006, overseeing the Bank’s investments in education health, social protection, and HIV/AIDS. with a view to helping its clients meet the Millennium Development Goals.
From 1996 to 2003, World Bank’s V.P. for Africa and then V.P. for the Middle East and North Africa Region where he managed operations accounting for $1 billion (FY03) in new loans.
Chair, Development Gateway Foundation
Bachelors, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris; Master’s, University of Pennsylvania
Claudio Pinkus Jean-Louis Sarbib Keith Yocam
Adjunct Professor, Education ICT and Pedagogy
Former Director of Programs for Schools Online, a nonprofit, public benefit organization that provided technology grants and facilitated professional development to schools in disadvantaged communities worldwide.
Former Worldwide Program Manager of Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow International, a research and development program at Apple Computer, Inc.
11 years elementary school teacher, science resource specialist, and district computer mentor teacher.
M.A. Interdisciplinary Education with emphasis in Teaching and Learning with Technology, Santa Clara University
B.A. Communications, California State University, Fullerton
UK-based Entrepreneur & Investor
Successful Indian-born entrepreneur who takes active roles in private equity and in social and philanthropic investment.
Co-founder CMG Partners and Arbor Ventures – private investment management companies with early stage and turnaround/ restructure focus.
Founder of several companies, most notably Conduit Communications Ltd, an IT consulting firm and service provider.
Ex-CEO, Harpur Group
BA, Bristol University; MBA, INSEAD, Paris
World Links Arab Region Advisory Council HM Queen Rania Al-Abdallah
Queen Rania completed her school education in Kuwait and obtained a Bachelor's degree from the American University in Cairo.
Her activities encompass issues of national concern including education, health, and youth, among others.
She also has a special interest in several core issues:
Promotion of innovation in education;
Improvement of the quality of life of the family unit;
The development of income-generating projects.
Mrs. Assad is a graduate of King's College Univ. of London / degree in Computer Science.
Early professional career in Banking/ Mergers & Acquisition .
Mrs. Asma Akhras Assad initiates and supports programs designed to foster economic development and improve the quality of life of the Syrian people.
Focus on rural development and women's issues.
She brings experienced viewpoints and focus on sustainable development .
Princess Zahra Aga Khan, daughter of H.H. the Aga Khan, was born 18 September 1970.
She received her early education at Le Rosey School in Switzerland and graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. (Honours) degree in Development Studies in 1994.
She is working at the Secretariat of H.H. at Aiglemont, in Gouvieux, France.
Zahra is the Head of the Social Welfare Department (SWD) located within the Secretariat of the Aga Khan in France
H.E. Bahia Hariri, born in 1952 in Saida is the Minister of Education at the new Cabinet.
Mrs. Bahia Hariri heads the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Development , an NGO aiming at supporting and empowering youth.
She is Vice-President of the Arab Network of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Mrs. Hariri was elected as deputy in the Lebanese Parliament (1992) and became head of its Educational Committee.
For over 40 years, Elaine Wolfensohn has been involved in the field of education and arts education while raising her family.
Her work in Australia and the United States has included teaching in private schools, creating teen tutoring programs in inner city schools, and training adult volunteers to tutor high school students.
Mrs. Wolfensohn was educated at Wellesley College, where she received her B.A.
CEO of the Olayan Financing Company, holding entity for the Olayan Group's operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Member of the Board of Olayan Investment Co. Establishment, the parent company of The Olayan Group.
President of the Sulaiman S. Olayan Foundation, philanthropic arm of the Olayan Gdroup.
Serves as a Board member of the Egyptian Financing Company/Egypt.
Board member of Capital Union in Dubai .
HE First Lady Asma al-Assad HH Princess Zahra Aga Khan HE Mrs. Bahia Hariri Mrs. Elaine Wolfensohn Ms. Lubna S. Olayan Mr. Saed Abdul-Latif
President of PepsiCo Int, ME, Africa, and Central Asia. PepsiCo is a Fortune 500 company with total sales of over $27 billion.
As described by his colleagues and business partners, he is a consensus-builder who truly believes in inclusiveness and diversity in his leadership style.
Holds an M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management and a B.A. in Public Administration from the American University of Beirut.
Donors and Partners: World Bank . HP . OPEC . Arab Fund . USAID . AED . EDC . UNRWA . UNDP . Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Development (Lebanon) . PepsiCo (Dubai) . Consolidated Contractors (UAE) . Al-Awn /SAMCO (Yemen) . Microsoft . Intel . Oracle Educational Foundation . Accenture . Ask Jeeves . Goldman Sachs . ICDF (Taiwan) . Japan Social Development Fund . Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation . Rockefeller Foundation . JP Morgan Chase . World Economic Forum . Schlumberger . Ministries of Education and Higher Education Support
Thank you Reem N. Bsaiso CEO World Links Arab Region [email_address]