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More than 220 school leaders from over 150 Cambridge schools met at the Pakistan Schools Conference in Karachi where Cambridge International’s Chief Executive Christine Özden stressed that 'achievement and wellbeing go hand in hand'.
The theme for the conference was ‘Ready for learning, ready for the world’, and it allowed principals to discuss the impact of a rapidly changing world on education. The focus was not only on what is taught, but also the learning environment and how it needs to adapt to meet the intellectual and psychological needs of students.
Speaking to delegates, Christine said: 'We all want our learners and teachers to achieve their full potential, however, achievement and wellbeing go hand in hand. To reach our professional and academic goals, we must nourish both body and mind.' Over 600 schools offer Cambridge programmes and qualifications in Pakistan, including Cambridge O Level and Cambridge International AS & A Level.
Christine continued: 'Cambridge schools across Pakistan work hard to help their students learn. They do this through careful curriculum design, inspiring extra-curricular activities, professional development of teachers and the creation of school environments conducive to learning.'
Other speakers at the conference included Tristian Stobie, Education Director, Cambridge International, Dr Peeter Mehisto, a leading education consultant, and Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director, Pakistan, British Council.
A panel discussion, moderated by Tristian, explored ideas around promoting student wellbeing and readiness for learning preparation for study in Pakistani schools, and how to overcome the challenges. The panellists discussed practical examples that delegates could implement in their schools.
You can view photos of the conference on Flickr.