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Beaconhouse has been organising the Beaconhouse Academic Conference, an internal gathering of school leaders and academic decision makers at Beaconhouse, at regular intervals over the past few decades.  Participants at this conference have increased as Beaconhouse has grown.  In particular, participation from school-based leaders has been systematically enhanced with the inclusion of School Coordinators and Senior Masters/Mistresses.  The last Beaconhouse Academic Conference under that particular name was held at the Pearl-Continental Hotel, Bhurban in 1995.

In 2000, on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary), Beaconhouse organised a conference called Rethinking Education at the Convention Centre, Islamabad.  This conference was inaugurated by former President Pervez Musharraf, and featured Dr. Roger Schank as the keynote speaker.  ‘Rethinking Education’ represented an important shift in that it was the first time that the Beaconhouse Academic Conference took on a broader, more global theme.  It was also the first time that guests outside of the Beaconhouse group were invited.

In November/December 2005, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, Beaconhouse organised Towards 2035: The School of Tomorrow (SOT), described as ‘An International Conference on the Future of Schools and Education’.  This conference opened at the Convention Centre Islamabad, while its 2nd and 3rd days were in Karachi and Lahore, at the Pearl-Continental Hotels.  This three day international conference featured about 30 speakers, workshop leaders, and panelists from around the world, most notably former President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Noam Chomsky, Roger Schank, and Parvez Hoodbhoy, and aimed to identify challenges with the global education system as well as propose possible solutions in the realms of teacher education, early childhood learning, student assessment, education technology, and inquiry-based learning. 

For the first time, the audience for this Beaconhouse conference also included delegates that represented other private schools and educational institutions, publishers, and other stakeholders of civil society.  Beaconhouse also invited a large number of delegates from less privileged schools, NGOs and government in addition, of course, to its own key members of staff.

As a sequel to the 2005 conference, this year’s conference is called The School of Tomorrow: Freedom to Learn.  A key objective of the conference is for educators to reassess some of their earlier beliefs of what constitutes progressive teaching and learning while helping to shape a new direction not just for Beaconhouse, but for schools at every level, everywhere.