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ARE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION SYSTEMS KEY IN PROMOTING INNOVATION?

Dr. Amin Amin, the President and CEO of ASK Arabia, was among the leading speakers in the RiseUp summit “Quantum Leap” – in Cairo, Egypt. The 2 day summit, held on the 12th and 13th of December, gathered top entrepreneurs in the MENA region.

Dr. Amin was engaged in the “Education & EdTech: Strengthening Alternative Education Systems” panel, where he shared his insights on the structural problems present in traditional education systems and how alternative education methods are advancing. Additionally, Dr. Amin shed the light on the role of Education, EdTech and entrepreneurs in promoting innovative capacity building programs and innovation education and learning. Dr. Amin was joined by Walid Tahabsem the President & CEO of Integrated Technology Group (ITG), Nafez Dakkak, Founding Director of Edraak.org and Dina El Mofty, Founder of Injaz Egypt in discussing these topics.

Dr. Amin was also invited as a key speaker to discuss the entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Arab Region, while analyzing the Case of Egypt at the Round Table session “Building Collaborative Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Arab Region: The Case of Egypt”. The Round Table session was held under the guidance of the Dean of Entrepreneurship of the American University of Cairo. During the session Dr. Amin emphasized:

Primary education systems in the Arab world have been failing and not being able to deliver the learning outcomes needed for the 21st century learners and citizens, this failure is a major reason behind the current social, economic and political crises of the region. It is an immediate urgency to put all efforts to reform the existing education systems and give our future generations and children an opportunity of a decent prosperous future”

In under four years, Dr. Amin has established ASK in Jordan, the UAE, and Qatar. ASK has successfully tailored over 3,200 workshops with special focus on education and teacher training, worked with 1,200 schools, impacted over 472,000 students and trained over 14,100 school community members, including teachers, school principals and Ministry of Education officials.

In 2009, Dr. Amin was selected as a High Impact Social Entrepreneur by Endeavor in Jordan. Moreover, in 2012, he was ranked as the 119th Most Influential Arab in the World in the coveted Arabian Business Power List: Power 500. More recently, Dr. Amin was recognized as the 2013 Global Endeavor Advocate and as the Mentor of the Year 2013 by the award-winning Mowgli Foundation. He is currently an active and influential mentor for the INJAZ’s Social Leaders Program and Mowgli’s entrepreneurs. He also serves on the advisory board of the Lothian Youth Achievement Center and is on the board of directors of the Canadian International Education Management Services.

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