Dubai Cares launches framework for global education transformation

– As part of its commitment to the World Government Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai
– Dubai Cares launches framework for global education transformation that creates opportunities for all and accelerates human development towards a better and sustainable world
• The framework is expected to be unveiled at the United Nations Education Transformation Summit at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2022
• Dubai Cares invites global education stakeholders, including governments, to join the consultation process, champion the framework and advocate for it

In response to global calls to action on the most pressing challenges in education, and following a thorough and inclusive consultative journey, Dubai Cares, a civil society organization officially associated with the Department of Global Communications of the United Nations, today launched a comprehensive and action-oriented guide. framework for a forward-looking, human-centered educational ecosystem that is designed to transform education globally by placing children and young people at the center of human development.

The launch of the framework was announced by HE Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Dubai Cares, and Chairman of the Global Council on SDG 4, during a high-level panel discussion entitled “Driving the Wheel of Implementation for Humanity to Thrive” during the SDG in Action event organized during the World Government Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai by the SDGs Global Councils. The panel explored the plans of the different councils on how to accelerate the successful implementation of the SDGs.

The new education ecosystem, which is expected to be unveiled on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2022 during the United Nations Education Transformation Summit to be convened by United Nations Secretary-General, HE António Guterres, puts humanity back at the heart of education. as it focuses on transforming global education and preparing humans for the future of opportunity, by instilling foundational skills that will enable them to reach their full potential. The ecosystem responds to the changing needs of children and young people around the world in terms of technology, connectivity, inclusivity, basic skills, competencies, values, leadership and gender equality, among others. It also focuses on out-of-school children by facilitating their access to formal learning opportunities through multiple pathways culminating in certification and accreditation that enables them to access opportunities similar to those of their peers who have attended formal schooling.

This framework has been uncovered following extensive discussions and engagements with national partners, academic institutions, multilateral organizations, UN agencies, global mechanisms and networks, and the private sector over the years. last 5 years. The last 6 months was the most crucial period as Dubai Cares held over 400 consultations at Expo 2020 Dubai which fueled the system. Additionally, the Dubai Cares Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, under the theme “The Future is Human”, provided an excellent platform to engage visitors in meaningful discussions about the future of education. In addition, discussions at the RewirEd Summit, a global education gathering held at Expo 2020 Dubai in December last year with the participation of over 500 international speakers, guided and fueled this framework.

Over the next 6 months, Dubai Cares is expected to hold further consultations with key education stakeholders including governments, ministries, UN agencies, global mechanisms, education institutions and stakeholders, the private sector and young people, among others, aimed at strengthening the foundations of the framework, before its unveiling at the United Nations General Assembly in September. The organization invites the global community to join these consultations and contribute to this global movement to transform the current education system.

Highlighting the key role of Expo 2020 Dubai in bringing together 192 countries to reshape the conversation on critical global issues, including education, His Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for Cooperation International and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The United Arab Emirates has always been at the forefront of finding innovative solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the world. Expo 2020 Dubai reflects the world we want to see and the power of collaboration to make it a reality by leveraging our interconnectedness across sectors and geographies.This new educational framework designed by Dubai Cares aims to transform the way children and young people are learning in order to put them in the driving seat to shape not only their own future, but also their communities and countries. The bold, collaborative and holistic approach of this framework reflects the very essence of all Expos, which are known for creating new and innovative solutions for the prosperity of mankind. Expo 2020 Dubai is privileged to be the launch pad for this innovative ecosystem from the Dubai Cares Pavilion, and I salute the efforts of the global philanthropic organization based in the United Arab Emirates for always being a pioneer in the field of global education. If we work together, hand in hand, history will recognize us as the generation that transformed education.

Based on its 15 years of experience in designing innovative programs on a global scale as well as advocating for the right of children and young people to education, Dubai Cares has made the decision to embark on this adventure. to create this new global ecosystem. The framework builds on both Dubai Cares’ lessons and contributions to the global education sector and its growing body of evidence on what needs to be done to address the growing education crisis.

Commenting on the urgent need to transform education globally, His Excellency Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Managing Director and Vice President of Dubai Cares, said: “Today’s education system has remained stagnant following the same fundamental principles for the past 120 years. The current crisis-laden environment requires a new global education system that puts humanity at the heart of education – an ecosystem that can leverage our knowledge, skills and passions to influence educational and social outcomes and , more importantly, to place students at the center of human development. Thanks to this new educational ecosystem, children and young people will be able to thrive in an ever-changing world.

We made it clear at the RewirEd Summit that if we were to be the generation that will truly transform education, now is the time to act. We look forward to seeing governments, the private sector, UN agencies, educational institutions, NGOs, young people and all other key players rallying and contributing to this ecosystem, as well as spreading it to more scale to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for all. ”

The framework is built on a new system of partnerships and stakeholder engagement among new education actors in a way that empowers every community, city or country to adopt, adapt, customize and transform their systems in a way that meets their aspirations. Accordingly, education transformation is not a conversation reserved for education experts or policy makers, but is a space where teachers, education officials, ministries of economy, finance , labor and youth as well as employers and members of the private sector not only communicate with each other, but also contribute directly to the contextualization of education, while simultaneously working to create opportunities for children and young people both in the classroom and in the world beyond.

As part of its participation in the World Government Summit, Dubai Cares also organized a high-level panel entitled “The future of education: how can we transform existing education systems, make them scalable and which should show the way ?”. Keynote speakers on the panel included HE Jakaya Kikwete, Chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and former President of Tanzania; Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF; HE David Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Upper Secondary Education of Sierra Leone; HE Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Managing Director and Vice President of Dubai Cares; and HE Leonardo Garnier United Nations Special Advisor for the Transforming Education Summit. The panel explored the role of governments in transforming current education systems to be more efficient, equitable and resilient, as countries now have a real opportunity to accelerate the recovery of learning.