ISLAMABAD – Roots International Schools (RIS) congregates 1,000 delegates and 34 international and national speakers in Jinnah Convention Centre for the International Education Symposium 2013 - Education Next: Future of Schooling (ENX), with a mission to take education in Pakistan to a higher level.

So the grand ceremony of ENX 2013 began with a glorious inauguration done by the Honorable chief guest, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Faisal Karim Kundi, who applauded the notion and efforts behind this academic endeavor carried out by Roots International Schools, says a press release issued here on Friday. The CEO of Roots International Schools, Walid Mushtaq, delighted by the presence of a massive intellectual audience, comprising of dignitaries such as Dashgin Shikrov the ambassador of Azerbaijan, Peter Upton representing the British Council, and Uzma Yousaf from Cambridge, presented a warm welcome to the delegates.

In the welcome address, Walid spoke about the efforts of RIS to elevate educational standards within our country. The welcome note was followed by the mesmerising keynote address of the eminent Abbas Husain on the topic “The New Story & Landscape of Schooling”.

The highlight of the symposium, Edrich Adigun, Head of Global Schools Partnerships, Cromwell Community College UK, showered the audience with the light of his experience of Cromwell Community College and shared the best educational practices of his institute. The symposium then gave way to an intellectual panel discussion entitled “Putting Students First” moderated by the famed Fasi Zaka.

The panel members debated on the methodologies that should be practiced in order to make students feel successful at schools.

The discussion resulted in a number of valuable lessons that will be integrated in the academic agenda of RIS for the next 25 years.

The panel discussion then gave way to Atif Sheikh and Abia Akram from SADF and STEP who imparted the audience with inclusive education for special children.

Dr Huma Baqai grabbed the attention of the audience as soon as she stood in the limelight to present her views on the topic “Life Long Learning and the Balance”. Adding more into the event, Mr. Alan Stevens connected with the audience live from United Kingdom through a live videoconference to highlight the educational methodologies for students of the 21st century. Concluding the symposium, Abbas Husain compiled the lessons learnt from this conference that will be integrated into the next 25 years agenda for RIS.

The first day of ENX 2013 ended in a colorful celebration of culture with an ode to literary classics by a team from Kuch Khas. ENX 2013 still has a lot in store for day 2.