Recognising that today’s students need technology and cognitive skills to be effective in tomorrow’s global workforce, Australian education company, 3P learning, and Microsoft teamed up to host the 8th World Education Games at Luna Park Sydney.
According to the organisations, the games are aimed at ensuring that students have 21st century skills to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
Nearly 400 students from grades three to eight and from six Sydney schools battled it out against millions of students around the world for the chance to be crowned champion of the games, competing in three subjects including literacy, mathematics and science.
Microsoft Australia director of developer experience and evangelism, Sarah Vaughan, said the World Education Games brings millions of kids together to share a love of learning and technology. Vaughan added that today is about recognising that learning should be on the same pedestal as sport – and should be celebrated.
“Microsoft aims to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We see the role of technology as a positive driver of change in the way students learn and the way teachers teach,” she mentioned.
3P Learning CEO, Tim Power, said it provides Australia with a fantastic opportunity to position itself as a leader in education.
“Australia is synonymous with sporting victories in the pool and on the cricket field. It would be great if this year’s results could position Australia as the leader in learning.
“WEG 2015 is indicative of our globalised world, and further facilitates and rewards learning amongst students worldwide. WEG provides Australian students with the opportunity to compete against students at the same age and ability level from all around the globe,” he said.
Medals and trophies will be awarded to the top students and schools at an event in Sydney on November 16. In addition, funds raised through the event will go to the purchase of a UNICEF School-in-a Box for schools in poverty or disaster stricken countries.