Speakers & Presenters
The fourth in a series of
international School of Tomorrow conferences
exploring a new vision for schools
Conference Vision

The School of Tomorrow: Empowering Lifelong Learners conference is the fourth in a series of conferences that has brought together scholars, educationists, classroom practitioners, policy makers and experienced professionals to re-examine conventional beliefs of what constitutes progressive teaching and learning. The preceding conferences focused particularly on ways of improving the overall educational experience of children in the context of a rapidly globalising and increasingly competitive world. The 2012 conference, held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, took these themes a step further and also considered ways to empower lifelong learners.

Lifelong learning is a continuous process of personal development and true lifelong learners use every opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding that are essential for personal fulfilment and employability in the prevailing knowledge-based economies. Learning can no longer be confined to the time spent in a classroom.

To empower a lifelong learner is to facilitate and enable their learning opportunities and to encourage them to manage their own learning. To create such a learning culture requires changing people's perceptions of what learning is and how it can change their lives with the overarching aim of increasing individual capacity.