Emirates News Agency – Groundbreaking Global Education Summit RewirEd announces agenda

DUBAI, 5th October, 2021 (WAM) — RewirEd, the global platform that seeks to drive debate on the future of education, today announced its program and a list of high-profile speakers for its highly anticipated summit RewirEd to be held at Expo 2020 Dubai as part of Knowledge and Learning Week.

RewirEd Summit, the largest global in-person education gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to bring together heads of state, ministers, high-level speakers and panelists from United Nations agencies, international NGOs, academia, youth as well as representatives from the public and private sectors around the world to forge new connections and collaborations for a new way forward in the education sector.

Key international organizations joined forces with the RewirEd Summit to make the event a success. These include UNICEF, UNESCO, UNHCR, World Economic Forum (WEF), Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Education Cannot Wait (ECW), World Food Program ( WFP), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education.

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Vice President of Dubai Cares, said: “The RewirEd Summit in Dubai represents a unique opportunity for the global education community to come together to launch and scale the bold, positive change we want to see. The education community realizes that now, more than ever, especially with the large-scale disruption to education around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for seismic change in education. education globally. Cares is proud to be spearheading this movement for global change.”

“We are thrilled to bring together, for the first time in one place, some of the most prolific minds in education to deliver a program that will both be thought-provoking and challenge the way we think about education. three-day flagship event, we will address some of the most pressing issues when it comes to charting a new course for education, so that it provides a new framework for creating an innovative, prosperous, sustainable and inclusive for all.”

Omar Shehadeh, Director of International Participants at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The world is witnessing an unprecedented disruption of education systems. Creative thinking, innovative solutions and technology must be deployed to ensure quality education for all. The RewirEd Summit, which is the flagship event of Expo 2020 Dubai Knowledge and Learning Week, provides a platform to spark conversation between different people with the aim of generating new ideas on the approach to the future of education. »

Speakers include Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania; Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former British Prime Minister; Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth, and Bob Moritz, Global Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The summit will focus on three key pillars: youth, skills and the future of work; innovation in education; and education financing. Cross-cutting across the three pillars, emphasis will also be placed on the regions where the needs are greatest, namely the countries affected by the crisis.

The first day will see high-level panels on the future of jobs and skills and the future of higher education, among others, as well as key technical sessions on issues such as mindset development. youth enterprise in schools and green skills for green jobs.

High-level speakers include Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai, Hon. David Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Upper Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer of Sierra Leone, Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever and Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Global Education Gathering will also deliver on its promise to push boundaries and disrupt systems by unveiling emerging experiences as part of the RewirEd Provocations, a series of co-crafted ideas to help push current education thinking. the usual to the unusual and to address systemic, complex issues and structural challenges impacting the education system.

The second day will explore how the world can develop innovative and scalable solutions, to ensure that children and young people, everywhere and everywhere, can build strong foundations for lifelong learning and wellbeing.

Several thought-provoking sessions will discuss practical steps for transformative change, including two masterclass sessions on young digital champions for foundational literacy and numeracy; and Diversity of Diversity: The Power of Children’s Storybooks in Promoting Inclusive Communities. In addition, the African Union is hosting its Innovation in Education Africa Pitch where five of Africa’s most promising educational innovations will be pitched to a panel of highly experienced judges.

Day three emphasizes the need to center education at the heart of human development and investment, particularly in light of the detrimental impact on education budgets due to the COVID pandemic -19. The agenda will be set by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who will deliver a high profile speech on education – an investment for a sustainable and prosperous future for all. The day will also focus on high-level thematic panels, such as Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Education, Financing Meaningful Connectivity for Learning, and Financing Early Childhood Development with Sherrie Westin, President from Sesame Workshop, the independent non-profit organization that helps kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder through their Muppets. There will also be technical sessions ranging from unlocking impact in Islamic philanthropy to delivering skills results through results-based financing.

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Vice President of Dubai Cares, will speak on funding education in emergencies, a session also featuring Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif and voices of young people refugees.

In addition, the RewirEd Summit will launch the “RewirEd Declaration on Connectivity for Education”, which aims to build consensus and commitment through collective collaboration among key stakeholders, remove key barriers to connectivity and emphasize the need for an ecosystem for meaningful connectivity that ensures affordability. , usability and reliability for learners and communities.