His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway met His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York in London yesterday. The reason for the meeting was that they both attended “BETT”. BETT is an annual trade show in the United Kingdom that showcases the use of information technology in education. For the next four days, it is expected that more than 40,000 people are going to look at different technologies at the trade show. Crown Prince Haakon and Prince Andrew arrived the trade show together. Prince Andrew showed Crown Prince Haakon around at the pavilion to the British firm, SAM Labs.
Crown Prince Haakon officially opened the Norwegian Pavilion at the trade show. Last week, Crown Prince Haakon visited one of the Norwegian schools that are participating in the Norwegian Pavilion in London. Norway has made great success in creating electronics that are used worldwide in education. More than 60 Norwegian companies produce online technology, and those are used by more than 140 million teachers and students worldwide. In his opening speech, the Crown Prince said that he thought education was very important. The Crown Prince said, “We are dependent on this for reaching the Global Goal on ensuring education for all. Today, 59 million children do not go to primary school – 31 million of them are girls. Creative use of edtech solutions can even help us reach groups we haven’t been able to reach before – people in remote rural areas, refugees in camps and children living in areas affected by war and conflict.”
After the Crown Prince had officially opened the pavilion, he showed the Duke of York around and told him about the Norwegian companies and schools that were represented. The Duke of York was shown a robot used in many schools in Norway. The robot, which is called “No Isolation,” may be placed in the classroom so children prevented from being present in the classroom for a long period due to illness may participate. The robot features both a camera and microphone so kids can talk with teachers and classmates.