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Jenin Al Shalabi

Y12 Student & Founder of Chatterbox

Hartland International School

Jenin Al Shalabi is a speaker and writer who is passionate about highlighting diverse stories that break barriers and ignite change. She works to increase education around gender equality and youth issues in the context of law, diplomacy and politics. Jenin has a legal background, having interned at firms such as Al Tamimi, Gowling WLG, and Bird & Bird. Jenin had the opportunity to speak about her work at the UN's SDG5 summit - where she was a speaker outlining the cultural changes needed to achieve gender equality. She has also undertaken fellowships and was a contributor to The Tempest, the global media company reaching millions of readers around the world. Jenin has been awarded entry to both Cambridge and the Wharton School's summer programs. Jenin is also the founder of Chatterbox, an NGO that allows 60+ young women from across 6 timezones to access mentorship in debate and public speaking.


30 October, 2023 | 10:30 to 11:10
Knowledge vs skills: what students should really learn

There has been a long-running pedagogical debate over the benefits of a skills-based educational approach, as opposed to a knowledge-based education. With the huge development in technology, it is increasingly hard to predict the future of employment. But is a transversal – skills-based – education enough to help our students navigate the world beyond school? What role does knowledge play in a society where everyone has access to the internet and can google whatever they want?

Is there a ubiquity of information and scarcity of knowledge.? This panel session will explore how we as educators and parents can empower and support students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to manage the unpredictability and uncertainties of their future.