Baz Nijjar

Principal Advisor - Education Technology

GEMS Education

Baz is currently Principal Advisor – Education Technology for GEMS Education. Baz is recognised for his innovative approach to creating links between educational and industry needs, and has successfully embedded pioneering whole-school solutions. Baz successfully launched the first GEMS Centre of Excellence at FPS and the ground-breaking partnership with global top 100 organisations under the KHDA Rahhal 10X programme, making it the lead school in this region for industry links integrated within education. Baz launched the first esports and game design qualifications in the region, as well as a dedicated space within a school with leading technology to support student provision and the development of industry level skills. His research interests include award-winning blended learning models, innovation in enhancing education related outcomes, industry and education collaborations – which includes first in the UAE for industry qualifications and internship programs. Baz has a keen interest in establishing key industry partnerships to create a positive impact to as many students as possible. Baz believes that education should always look to integrate real-world, current and future industry needs to better prepare our children for the future.

SPEAKER SESSIONS

Future Transformation Zone

16 November 2022 | 14:00 - 14:20 | English | Integrating gaming and esports within education

Esports and gaming is a great way to engage the students and utilise it to improve the holistic development of each individual. By integrating it into education focused outcomes you can personalise the support and use gaming as the gateway to achieve the targets set. The variety of games and platforms also offer inclusivity and support for SEN students. I'll be sharing examples of embedding esports and gaming into the curriculum as well as extra-curricular activities. Examples of student success stories will be shared, including unconditional offers to university, internships, developing skills beyond age expectations, improving personal development and much more! This is one of the most exciting domains to be a part of, by focusing on the learning as the foundation for gaming it can be safe, fun and impactful.