Taisir Subhi Yamin— President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children— is a professor of gifted education. He has a B.Sc. in Physics, an M.A. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Gifted Education and Computer Assisted Learning from Lancaster University in England. He is the recipient of academic prizes and fellowships from Jordan, England, and the U.S.A. including a Fulbright Award (1996), and the British Council scholarship. He is the Scientific Director
International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE-Paris)
Université Paris Descartes
International Week of the Gifted 2012
The first “International Day of the Gifted” was successfully celebrated in (August 10, 2011) during the 19th biennial conference in Prague. Building on the sense of community that was formed by celebrating gifted children, and honoring gifted and talented efforts worldwide, it was decided to expand the day to a week this year during the second week of August 2013.
The “International Week of the Gifted” was a wonderful opportunity to cooperate and collaborate with international networks of individuals and organizations committed to promoting this field of knowledge and raising the public awareness concerning the importance of nurturing the gifted, creative, and talented children and adults through the exchange of ideas and experiences. A considerable amount of interest was generated by the contributors
You are no doubt aware of the huge work the organization of an event such as this represents, from an intellectual just as much as from a logistical point of view. I value teamwork, dialogue, honesty, integrity, cooperation, and collaboration as a part of our continuous improvement efforts. I honor the trust placed in our team, as founders, contributors, and administrators of this blogtour. My warmest thanks and gratitude go to Mary St George, and Leslie Graves (EC and Coordinator) for their splendid commitment and professionalism in the different stages of this exceptional event. Thanks as well to the many people who helped distribute the blogs over the various networks. Many thanks also go to the World Council Executive Administrator Tracy Harkins.
We are truly fortunate in being assisted by a competent and generous team. Many thanks also go to Western Kentucky University for: Hosting the headquarters of the WCGTC, providing financial support, and offering both intellectual and logistical facilities.
In the name of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) and in my capacity as the President of the WCGTC, I would like to express my gratitude to those who contributed for this event in particular and gifted education in general in different parts of the world. Thanks to each one of you for your continuous support.
Finally, in closing, I am honored to lead this international organization. I am looking forward to a busy “International Year of Giftedness and Creativity”. We are really proud of the faith, trust, and confidence you have placed in the members of the Executive Committee. We look forward to seeing many of you at the 20th World Conference in New Zealand!
Taisir Subhi Yamin