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#30 | Taking Children from “from Inspiration to Aspiration” with Dr. Ger Graus

Teacher, writer and social activist, Dr Ger Graus has recently been awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to children. Ger is a renowned figure in the field of education and currently he holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania.

Ger Graus has been at the heart of innovation and project development such as ‘KidZania World Online’, ‘KidZtalk’, ‘KidZania Careers Week’, ‘KidZania LitFests’; education ‘Think-Tanks’, ‘Ambassador Schools’ Ger is now spearheading a ‘Futures Awareness’ campaign to introduce careers education into the primary phase. After all, as he frequently reminds us: “Children can only aspire to what they know exists.”

Ger started at KidZania London in 2014, where he has been responsible for developing the UK-wide education strategy, including partnerships with schools, Higher Education, commercial and third sector learning partners.

KidZania is a place where children aged 4 to14 can experience the world of work through role-play, and is designed to inspire and empower: “from inspiration to aspiration”. Since its inception in 1999 in Mexico City, KidZania now has a presence in 24 cities on 5 continents with plans for further developments in some 20 locations.

Before this, he was the founding Chief Executive of The Children’s University in 2007. Under his watch, the Children’s University became a multiple-award winning international charity providing 5 to 14-year-olds with exciting and innovative learning opportunities outside school hours. The Children’s University’s global reach now extends as far as Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East.

Ger Graus was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2011 and was made an Adjunct Fellow by the University of Adelaide in 2013.

Ger now works with and advises organisations globally on the learning agenda.

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