South African Education Expert to Address Global Summit

By The Bahrain Economic Development Board edb, PRNE
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Leading Educator to Take Stage at Education Project, Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain, July 21, 2010 - A South African social entrepreneur behind an education
project that has received acclaim from Nelson Mandela and former President
Thabo Mbeki is among an elite list set to address a global education summit
in Bahrain this October, it was announced today.

Dr Taddy Blecher from Johannesburg, CEO and co-Founder of the
renowned CIDA City Campus, will join speakers from Harvard University, the
European Commission, 10 Downing Street and Microsoft at the Education Project
2010. The second occasion of the annual event - initiated by His Royal
Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain and
Chairman of the Kingdom's Economic Development Board (EDB) - runs from 8-10

The CIDA City Campus is the first virtually free University in
South Africa for the historically disadvantaged. Many international experts
consider it the most innovative attempt so far to help the nation erase the
social imbalances of the past.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of the
EDB which is organising the event, said: "Education is the single most
important factor in bringing stability, productivity and prosperity to all
societies. Our goal in Bahrain in establishing the Education Project was to
bring together an international community of educators. To have experts like
Dr Blecher on board - to offer their expertise in identifying practical
solutions to address the gap in the global education system - will help to
ensure a platform from which to further inspire positive change."

Despite increased government spending, education outcomes
worldwide have declined over time. The Education Project was established to
share best practice and create a practical approach that educators can follow
to make a difference. Hundreds of professionals from 36 countries joined
together last year. Dr Blecher is among many who left equipped with the
information and backing needed to make real changes, gaining support to
secure a $150,000 grant to replicate the success of the Johannesburg project
overseas; it is now serving as a model for tertiary education in the
developing world.

The Education Project is free to attend for educational
professionals from all sectors as well as from public and private sector
institutions with an interest in developing new models and standards in
education. Entry is by invitation only; for more information and to register
online visit:

Notes to editors

Other speakers confirmed for the Education project 2010 include:

    - Charles Leadbeater, advisor to the government of Shanghai,
      European Commission and 10 Downing St, UK
    - Cindy Johanson, executive director, George Lucas Educational
      Foundation, USA
    - Edward B Fiske, former education editor, New York Times, USA
    - HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher
      Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates
    - Helen Ladd, Professor of Public Policy, Duke Sanford School of
      Public Policy, USA
    - Kaya Henderson, Deputy Chancellor, District of Columbia Public
      Schools, USA
    - David Hogan, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National
      Institute of Education, Singapore
    - Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder, KIPP
    - Mona Mourshed, Partner Middle East, McKinsey & Company, United
      Arab Emirates
    - Patrick Griffin, Executive Director, Assessment and Teaching of
      21st Century Skills, AT21C & University of Melbourne, Australia
    - Ralph Tabberer, Chief School Officer, GEMS, United Arab Emirates
    - Steven Joel Trachtenberg, former President of George Washington
      University and author of Big Man on Campus, USA
    - Tom Payzant, Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of
      Education, USA
    - Tony Wagner, Co-director of the Change Leadership Group, Harvard
      Graduate School of Education

About The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is a dynamic
public agency with an overall responsibility for formulating and overseeing
the economic development strategy of Bahrain, and for creating the right
climate to attract direct investment into the Kingdom.

The role of the Bahrain EDB is to provide leadership by
uniting all of the Kingdom's shareholders through a unified vision, and to
develop key strategies for growth. The Bahrain EDB also acts as a
facilitator, helping all of Bahrain's stakeholders to understand and adopt
the changes necessary for progress. In addition, the Bahrain EDB provides
sound project management to ensure that all agreed reform initiatives are
implemented in an effective and timely manner.

The Bahrain EDB is also responsible for attracting inward investment into
Bahrain, and is focusing on six target economic sectors in which the Kingdom
offers significant strengths. These are financial services, downstream
industries, tourism, business services, logistics, and education and

For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit; for information about Bahrain visit

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    Further information

    Jenan Al Maskati, Bahrain Economic Development Board
    Tel: +973-17-589-930

    Katie Bergius, Bell Pottinger
    Tel: +44(0)207-861-3105 / +44(0)7979-701-689

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Further information: Jenan Al Maskati, Bahrain Economic Development Board, Tel: +973-17-589-930, Email: internationalmedia at ; Katie Bergius, Bell Pottinger, Tel: +44(0)207-861-3105 / +44(0)7979-701-689, Email: kbergius at ; Doreen Bonnami, The Experience, Tel: +1-212-794-8801 x1105, Email: Doreen.Bonnami at

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