DUBAI, 20th September, 2022 (WAM) — Continuing its global advocacy efforts for a transformed education ecosystem, Dubai Cares, a civil society organization officially associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, has unveiled the report “ Rewiring Education for People and Planet” at the Education Transformation Summit (TES) in collaboration with the Education Commission.
Organized as part of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the summit was convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in response to the silent education crisis. This global gathering provided a unique opportunity to put education at the top of the global political agenda and mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses. The Summit agenda was spread over three days, namely: Mobilization Day, Solutions Day and Leaders Day.
Unveiled on Solutions Day, the Rewiring Education for People and Planet report offers six concrete “win-win” solutions that can align thinking and action across sectors and stakeholders, while integrating and capturing key findings and recommendations from the conversations that took place during the RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai last December. The main recommendations of this report contributed to the five courses of action and the broader results of the TES.
“Over the past 15 years, Dubai Cares has worked tirelessly to address key challenges facing the education sector and implement solutions that will enable countries to leverage education as the equalizer that “it should be. Combined with the resounding success of the RewirEd summit, our vast experience and long-standing strategic partnerships with key global players have placed Dubai Cares in a leading position to continue its mission of rewiring education,” said Managing Director and Vice President of Dubai Cares, Dr Tariq Al Gurg.
“The ‘Rewiring Education for People and Planet’ report, which we developed in close collaboration with the Education Commission, is a roadmap we urgently need today to steer education into a future more sustainable through a cross-sectoral ecosystem approach. Our goal with this report is to offer the global community a concrete pathway to reinvigorate the role of education as a driver of change for humanity.” added Dr. Al Gurg.
UN Special Envoy for Education and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thanked Dubai Cares and the Education Commission for making the event a success by bringing together global voices from different sectors, not only to discuss the challenges facing education, but above all to propose solutions. He said: “Let’s not lose hope and let’s not lose sight of our ambition with all the solutions proposed today, with all the initiatives that have been taken, we can be the first generation in history where every child goes to school, but instead of developing only part of the potential of some children in some of the countries, we are developing the full potential of all children in all countries.”
The report presents a vision for collaborative transformation and a clear call to action for different actors from different sectors to collectively re-wire education systems to provide children and young people today with the skills, knowledge and the values they need to navigate the complexities of an unknown future. In this context, Dubai Cares’ “Global Education Transformation Framework” advocates a “whole of society” ecosystem approach to transforming education. The framework has been widely endorsed by the international education community and is highlighted on the TES website as a key reference tool for the national consultation process.
Education Commission Executive Director Dr. Liesbet Steer said: “The needs of this generation are vast, intertwined and multi-faceted, hence the need to combine forces with other sectors to deliver on our promises of peace and prosperity. We will not achieve this if we do not ensure that education is an integral part of the other SDGs and is a win-win investment. We must ensure that education takes its rightful place. returns to discussions on the global economy, health and the environment When education becomes a more central theme of the G7, G20, COPs and the Future Summit, we will know that we are on the right track. way.”
During the mobilization day of the Education Transformation Summit, Dubai Cares, represented by Dr. Al Gurg, participated in the launch of the “Youth Declaration”. During the session, Dr. Al Gurg highlighted the importance of implementing the declaration to transform education and the need to integrate young people into global development strategies and decision-making roles.
Dubai Cares also participated in a session entitled “Hungry Children = A Failed Education System – Why School Feeding is So Important to Transforming Education” , co-organized by Plan International Canada, the Ministry of Basic and Upper Secondary Education of Sierra Leone, the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, the World Food Program and the School Meals Coalition. In his remarks, Dr. Al Gurg highlighted the central role school feeding programs play in supporting education transformation, which triggers a positive ripple effect on economic growth and human capital development. .
Dubai Cares also took part in the Leaders Day, where Dr. Al Gurg participated in the high-level session on digital learning and transformation with the President of the Republic of Peru, Pedro Castillo Terrones, the Minister of Education, Greece, Niki Kerameus, Minister of Education, Republic of Indonesia, Nadiem Makarim, Minister of Education, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dipu Moni, among other high level dignitaries. During the session, Dr. Al Gurg emphasized the need for a digital revolution to leverage technology and connectivity to be a game-changer and enable access to education even in the most remote regions. most remote in the world.
Dr. Al Gurg also participated in a festival organized by the United Nations Foundation for young people, in a session entitled “Rewiring Education Through Win-Win Solutions – Unlock The Future of Learning”, where he gave a speech on the report “Rewiring Education for People and Planet”. Further, Dr. Al Gurg called on governments, development partners, civil society, business leaders, teachers and youth to work collaboratively across sectors, levels and stakeholders to endorse the findings. of the report to reconnect education for people and the planet.
The massive support given to the Rewiring Education for People and Planet report and the Framework for Global Education Transformation by governments and other global agencies has cemented Dubai Cares’ position as a leading contributor to advancing the global education transformation agenda.
Translated by: Gihane Fawzi.