Opening the RewirEd Summit, HE Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Despite all that has darkened over the past two years and the hardships that are still endured around the world result from a myriad of challenges, medical, social and economic…education is still a central priority of every government, every community and every family on Earth. It inspires us to action. It also inspires us to produce concrete results: a legacy manifested in key commitments and conclusions that will inform the next cycle of reflection and review, and the next. Use the next three days to build and deliver on that legacy. Imagine the possibilities… if we take everything we’ve learned and put it to use in the wonders we have yet to discover.
HE Jakaya Kikwete, Chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and former President of Tanzania, said: “Equity is at the heart of our mission. In most partner countries, we help bring gender equality through education. GPE has put gender at the heart of its strategy and we have integrated it into all our operations. We help governments identify barriers that affect boys and girls differently, close gender gaps and break down stereotypes in communities. We provide countries with capital to drive change. None of this is possible if we don’t have the right data to help governments make decisions. The right solution is impact at scale, which can reach all children and which is affordable and grounded in equity. »
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, said: “Young people must work alongside their governments, communities and the private sector as full partners as well as beneficiaries. Responsibility: Education is a fundamental human right, a public responsibility. We need to look to young people to ensure that every young person is empowered and no one is left behind. We need to move on to concrete commitment and dedicated resources and take action.
Speaking at the opening plenary session of the summit, HE Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Managing Director and Vice President of Dubai Cares, said, “We are at a turning point for humanity. We may not see it, but we are there. And if education fails to deliver on its promise to equip children and young people around the world with the skills they need to meet future challenges, then we will be known as the generation that did nothing when we could do it all. To do. We have the means, we are all here and we must act now.
For his part, Bob Moritz, Global Chairman of PwC, said: “A new combination of bringing people together to push the agenda is needed. This is the role of the business community in this regard. Companies have a responsibility to think about the jobs we have today, but also what the future board will look like tomorrow. It is clear that the changes that we have seen, that digital skills, digital IQ are paramount for any future world. It is the ability to create, innovate and adapt to a technology-driven world; these are the skills needed to lead in this new world. ESG is going to be fundamental to the world as we think about the planet, societal challenges, equity, good governance and prosperity. These skills are going to be built into every job.
The first day of the summit saw the participation of prominent global education leaders leading the discussion, including The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF; Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Education; Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum; Alan Jope and CEO of Unilever.
The summit also hosted a high-level thematic opening session titled: Youth, skills and the future of workfacilitated by Restless Development Youth Researchers, who reflected on lessons and recommendations from their Global Youth Surveyin conversation with HE Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth of the United Arab Emirates, as well as three world leaders, as well as youth advocates and activists.
The day unfolded with a host of high profile panels and breakout sessions by distinguished speakers and attendees throughout the first day of the summit.
Launch of a new global learning platform for young people
The first day of the summit marked the launch of the Passport to Earning (P2E) platform.Unveiled by Accenture, Microsoft, UNICEF and Dubai Cares, operating under the Generation Unlimited partnership, P2E is a new global youth digital learning platform, providing education and training to 15-24 year olds worldwide. free and certified skills – with content covering digital, foundational, role-based and technical skills. All certifications obtained will support future employment and entrepreneurship opportunities made available on the platform.
UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report Posted
Was also announced at the summit UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Annual Report, which called for increased efforts to ensure that all children have free and publicly funded access to one year of pre-school education and 12 years of primary and secondary education. The report also urged all countries to establish quality standards in all public and non-public education institutions to build a cohesive education system for all learners.
Continuing to focus on pressing youth issues, refugee students presented the imperative of higher education for refugees at the Emerging Models of Higher Educationin conflict session, with speakers discussing the urgent action needed to ensure 15% refugee enrollment in higher education by 2030.
Adapting new pathways to better learning
Noteworthy sessions have also been included The Great Debate: Universal Secondary Education For All vs. Alternative Pathswhich focused on whether other education models are better placed to serve young people in countries where large numbers of young people do not have access to secondary education, as well as a session on Transforming education: a pathway to help young people adapt to climate changewhich was based on research findings in Uganda, showing the impact of climate disruption on the livelihoods of young people and the need for radical changes in education as a pathway to greater climate resilience and effective adaptation to climate change. climate crisis.
As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt around the world, the RewirEd Summit provides a timely opportunity for the global community to write a new chapter in education history. The outcomes of the summit’s keynotes, discussions and breakout sessions are expected to help spur a new wave of innovation as the education community responds to the urgent need for change in education at scale. world.
The full Summit agenda can be viewed here: https://www.rewired2021.com/rewired-summit-agenda/
Full details about RewirEd can be found at www.RewirEd2021.com
RewirEd is a global platform with a clear vision: reconnecting education for a prosperous and sustainable future. Led by Dubai Cares, in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and in close coordination with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), RewirEd aims to be a catalyst in redefining education to ensure a a prosperous, sustainable, innovative and accessible future for all.
RewirEd ensures that education and learning are at the center of human development and investment and hopes to unlock new solutions and innovations for the future of education. It will do this by fostering collaboration between new and unlikely allies from the private and public sectors while bringing together existing platforms and partnerships to amplify their impact in the education ecosystem. RewirEd will also elevate the voices of young people as drivers of progress in education policy and practice to ensure more relevant, agile and resilient systems that respond to local priorities and realities.
The RewirEd platform encompasses three key initiatives that will catalyze global conversation and action on education: RewirEd Talks, RewirEdX and the RewirEd Summit to be held in Dubai during Expo2020 Knowledge and Learning Week. .
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