Dubai: Dubai Cares, the global philanthropic organization based in the United Arab Emirates, has launched a new education ecosystem that is set to transform education globally by placing children, including those who are out of school, and young people at the center of human development.
Part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, Dubai Cares is also officially associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UNDGC). The entity said the launch of the comprehensive and action-oriented guiding framework for a future-oriented and human-centered ecosystem responds to global calls for action on the most pressing challenges in of education, and following a thorough and inclusive consultative process.
The launch of the framework, which was announced by Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Vice President of Dubai Cares, and Chairman of the Global Council on SDG 4, during a high-level roundtable in Dubai, will have a great -achieving impact.
Entitled “Driving the Implementation Wheel for Humanity to Prosper”, the “SDGs in Action” event was first organized by the Global SDG Councils during the Expo 2020 Dubai which just end. The panel explored the plans of the various councils on how to accelerate the successful implementation of the SDGs.
The new education ecosystem is expected to be unveiled on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2022. It will be held during the UN Transforming Education Summit to be convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Focus on out-of-school children
“The initiative puts humanity back at the heart of education with a focus on transforming global education and preparing humans for the future in terms of opportunity, by instilling life skills that empower them. enable them to realize 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 five years.
The past six months have been the most crucial period as Dubai Cares has held over 400 consultations at Expo 2020 Dubai which have fed into 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 frame.
Over the next 6 months, Dubai Cares is expected to hold further consultations with key education stakeholders, aimed at strengthening the foundations of the framework, before its unveiling at the UN 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.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, said: “This new educational framework designed by Dubai Cares aims to transform the way children and young people learn to put them in the driving seat to shape, not just theirs. future, but also their communities and countries. The bold, collaborative and global approach of this framework reflects the very essence of all Expos, which are known for creating new and innovative solutions for the prosperity of humanity.
Commenting on the urgent need to transform education globally, Al Gurg 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 , most 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.
Inclusive communication, decision making
“As a result, transforming education is not a conversation reserved only for education experts or policy makers, but it is a space where teachers, education leaders, 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 hosted 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 Jakaya Kikwete, Chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and former President of Tanzania; Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF; David Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Upper Secondary Education of Sierra Leone, and 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.