“Le pôle de compétences” is a network of institutions and individuals offering through a website the development of “professional tool” for educational and teaching environments. This project activates links between IFP (Professional Educational Institute) the training tool of AGEP (Association of Private School of Geneva), the University of Geneva (TECFA – CISA) (Facultative Center of Educational Technologies – Intermediate Center of Effective Sciences), personalities of the world of education, trainers and specialists in communication technology.
The Geneva initiative immediately benefits education community and international teaching.
The leaders of a project are: well-known professor Mr. Jean-Claude Brès, Mrs. Martine Auvergne (IFP) and Mr. Sean Power (AGEP) .
For more information: http://lepole.education
The result of the first session of this project is the show “Bal of the masks” which was produced and presented at Geneva Théâtre Pitoëff on 15, 16 and 17 April 2016 by the 40 young participants aged 17 to 25 years with the professional team that supports them.
To view click on the link: http://www.accroche.ch/le-bal-des-masques/
The Foundation has been submitted with a request to support financially The Rotary clubs of Geneva and the Rotaract have identified a major problem amongst young people: debt burden.
This trend has leaped up considerably with the rise of small consumer credits and mobile phones. Consequences are usually felt in the long term, notably in the difficulty of landing a first job in case of legal prosecutions. Regrettably, social institutions often come into the process much too late, once the youngster is already heavily in debt. It seemed important to prevent such situations from happening by providing upstream prevention amongst the concerned population. To do so, an awareness campaign was decided and a viral video produced. In previous discussions, the Montes Alti Foundation has committed to support this Rotarian preventive action.
This colloquium would take place in Geneva (at UNIGE) and Boston simultaneously (at Swissnex – the technology arm of the Swiss Consulate), and broadcast live and on-demand around the world. Tentative dates are December 15 or 16, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon Boston time/15:00 – 18:00 Geneva, with a 30 minutes break.
Three panelists will be invited on each side, with Mr. Fadel as moderator, to discuss the highly timely topics of Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence and Human Learning/Intelligence. Questions will be discussed in depth, so fewer, but well-debated questions are favored, such as:
- What is the state-of-the-art of our understanding of Machine Intelligence and its extrapolated hopes?
- What is our understanding of the Human mind, and the future developments of such understanding?
- How are the two Intelligences similar and different?
- What tasks are humans particularly suited for, vs Artificial Intelligence?
- What does this mean for what should Humans focus on? (occupations, skills, education)
- How can Machine Learning foster and shoulder Human learning ?
Video of the colloquium is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MnbY8g_Iq4
Thinking of tomorrow’s education methods, Montes Alti Foundation supports and finances the activities of the CCR (Center for Curriculum Redesign).
The CCR, as its founder Charles Fadel, seeks to teach people “to learn in a new way.” Our educational systems and teaching methods often go back to the times before the industrial revolution. Meanwhile today we are in the digital era.
The Center for Curriculum Redesign focuses on reassessing school programs and finding new education technologies that consider all modern-day realities.
On the other hand, we now perceive the process of brain functioning quite differently, which at times contradicts current pedagogical theories.
Don’t we often prefer theory to practice? Can the theoretical study of different arts be more effective than the practical skills?
Science allows us to move ahead at neck breaking speeds today.
At the CCR we are working to create the most stimulating, effective and creative teaching methods, using the recent discoveries of how the brain works.
In addition to doing all kinds of research, the Montes Alti Foundation supports the CRR in organizing colloquia and discussion forums worldwide. These meetings allow for productive exchange of ideas on such fundamental topics as:
- new forms of human competence, used in the robotized world
- introducing new forms of education that help develop various human qualities, allowing to find the most valuable personal traits that would be in most demand in the 21st century.
The organization also supports governments of different countries that seek to change the school education system by creating innovating learning programs.
Cooperation between the Montes Alti Foundation and the CCR is based on our common belief in that creation of new instructional formats and new ways of thinking will help the society achieve a new level of development.