Role of Play in Education: A Panel Discussion

Role of Play in Education: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday 4th August 16:00 17:15

Join us as we collaborate with Cities for Children to bring you a panel discussion that will focus on the evolving state of education-related initiatives and the integral role of play and creativity.

About the event

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Join us as we collaborate with Cities for Children to bring you a panel discussion that will focus on the evolving state of education-related initiatives and the integral role of play and creativity.

We’re all living through extraordinary circumstances that can only be tackled through creative problem-solving. It is more important than ever to build resilience in children and mitigate the effects of this global pandemic. This in-depth discussion will focus on old and new ways that can be utilised to do so. It is ideal for educators and parents who are looking for creative avenues that can facilitate early child development.

About the Panel:

Dr. Paul Ramchandani is LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning at Cambridge University, UK. He also works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the UK National Health Service and was previously Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Imperial College London. He has trained as a doctor in Southampton and then in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London and in child and adolescent mental health in Oxford. Dr. Paul's research has focussed on mental health and he has a particular interest in the development of play and the prevention of emotional and behavioural problems in the early years of life. He directs the PEDAL Research Centre and details of the current work of the PEDAL team at Cambridge, and recent publications, can be found at the PEDAL Hub website (www.pedalhub.net).

Umbreen Arif has more than 20 years of experience in the education sector, providing policy advice, technical and analytical support, program supervision and coordination with donor and government partners in Pakistan. She has led design and supervision of education reform programs, as well as multi-sector programs addressing education, health, nutrition, governance and disaster risk preparedness across Pakistan. Her main area of interest and expertise is Education Policy and Governance, Early Childhood Education and Teacher Management. She has worked on a diverse set of programs in basic and higher education, including implementing education in emergency situations (conflict and natural disasters). She has cross country experience of providing support to education programs in Tanzania, India and Afghanistan. She is currently working as Education Advisor with the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan.

Dr. Nishat Riaz is managing British Council’s education work in Pakistan. Her portfolio includes management and implementation of multi- million-dollar education programme covering schools, skills, further and higher education, alumni relations, scholarships and Education UK. Nishat is a member of British Council senior leadership team. Nishat has been instrumental in developing and strengthening strategic alliances and partnerships between federal and provincial governments and British Council. Recognising her contributions, Nishat was awarded the Most Excellent Order with an honorary title of Member of British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty- The Queen of United Kingdom in 2017. Nishat is one of the founding members of Karakurum International University- the first university in mountain ranges in Karakurum and Himalayas, Pakistan and is a governing board member of the Aga Khan Development Network and a trustee with the Hashoo Foundation.

Madeeha Ansari (moderator) is the founder of Cities for Children, a non-profit that seeks to protect the "right to a childhood" - the right to read, play and feel safe. Her work has involved crafting innovative programmes promoting learning, mental health and well being for street-connected children, working in partnership with schools and protection centres. Madeeha has experience across the development spectrum, from open-air schools in slum settlements in Pakistan to international child rights organisations. She completed her Masters as a Fulbright scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and earned her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a freelance writer, she continues to contribute to mainstream newspapers as well as policy think tanks.


Date: Tuesday, 4th August 2020

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

This event is FREE and appropriate for anyone aged 18 years and above and it most suitable for teachers, school administrators or anyone else who works with children.

Prior registration is mandatory.

If you face any difficulty in registering for this event, please write to us at: librarylhr@britishcouncil.org.pk

Registrations for this event will close on Monday 3rd August 2020 at 11:30 PM

NOTE • This workshop will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. • Invitation links will be shared with the registered participant through an email by the British Council library team. • We encourage you to join the session at least 10 minutes before it's scheduled to start. • Please download Microsoft Teams on your device, which you will use to attend the workshop. • Please wait for a registration confirmation and online session's rules, instructions and etiquette email before you join the session. • This session will be recorded for quality purpose.


Open to the public