Terra - The Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Gordon Brown, former British prime minister and current United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, leads the list of distinguished speakers at RewirEd Global Education Summit to be held from December 12-14 during the Knowledge and Learning Week at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The global platform that will gather key stakeholders, including governments, youth representatives, education shapers and business leaders from around the world to discuss critical issues and the future of education.

Gordon Brown

Brown said: “We have to be the first generation in history where every single child goes to school, but COVID-19 has set us back. It is time to develop not just some of the potential of some children, but all the potential of all children. The RewirEd Summit that will take place in December 2021 is going to make a huge difference and is a turning point for education.”

Redefining education

Led by Dubai Cares, in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, “RewirEd aims to be a catalyst in redefining education to ensure a future that is prosperous, sustainable, innovative and accessible to all.”

Over the course of the Summit, speakers will discuss three key themes, including ‘Youth, Skills and the Future of Work’; ‘Innovation in Education’; and ‘Education Financing’.

RewirEd Summit will also unveil emerging provocations, which consist of a series of co-designed ideas and experiments to help move current thinking from the usual to the unusual and address systemic, complex, and structural challenges impacting the education system.

Largest in-person education gathering

Dr Tariq Al Gurg

RewirEd Summit is set to attract around 2,000 participants. Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO at Dubai Cares and Commissioner General for the Dubai Cares Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai said: “RewirEd Summit promises to be the largest in-person global education gathering that will offer all key stakeholders from around the world a strategic platform to rally for education. The World Expo also provides us with a unique opportunity to have a global conversation on the future of education, especially given the education disruption we have witnessed during the past 15 months due to the pandemic.”

Spotlight on education

Henrietta H. Fore

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) executive director Henrietta H. Fore noted: “The global COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the global learning crisis and cast a spotlight on the digital divide. We need to reimagine education and close these gaps.”

Saadia Zahidi, managing director and head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society at World Economic Forum, added: “Old models of education have been stretched to breaking point. But this critical moment also provides an opportunity for leaders to fundamentally reshape both education, content and education delivery systems to prepare children for the societies, workplaces and economies of the future.”

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Saadia Zahidi

Key international organisations have joined forces with the RewirEd Summit. These include UNICEF, Unesco, UNHCR, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the World Food Programme (WFP), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

How to participate

Attendees can register their spot by visiting the RewirEd website. Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, and the first to be hosted by an Arab nation.