- Global leaders urged to attend 2014 Forum to address the great crisis
of the 21st Century.
DUBAI, UAE, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Speaking on the final day of the
inaugural Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai where 500
delegates from 50 countries are discussing the global demand for better
education, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education, Sunny Varkey said:
"Based on the feedback from those that attended and contributed to the
Forum we have decided that the Global Education and Skills Forum will
become an annual event to be held in the UAE and our plan is to ensure
that the Forum is regarded as the 'Davos of Education'. Education should be viewed as the most important issue globally because
of the role it can play in alleviating some of the world's most
pressing challenges. I would strongly urge Heads of State, policy
makers, business leaders and NGOs to participate in the Forum in 2014
in order to focus on education for the sake of the world's children."
Internationally renowned commentator on global affairs, CNN's Dr. Fareed Zakaria, who delivered the keynote address, said of the conference: "I think
having a meeting like this, a Forum like this to begin this process of
really transforming education for the future so that it becomes
something that is as innovative and as forward looking and as dynamic
as so many of the other aspects of society going forward, is a
Earlier at the conference which, this year, focussed on public - private
partnerships, former US President Bill Clinton said:
"It is projected that by 2050 that 86 per cent of the world's children
will be living in what are now developing countries. There is no way
that Governments alone or international aid flows alone will be able to
provide those children with the quality of education they need to be
full participants in global society. This is especially relevant for
women and girls."
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said; "The future of education lies in partnerships. There is no reason
to have strict demarcation between the public and private sector in
education. Where countries are implementing public private partnerships
they're succeeding." He was speaking at the inaugural Global Education
and Skills Forum in Dubai discussing how public private partnerships
can solve the global demand for better education.
H.E Maria Kiwanuka, Ugandan Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic
"The private sector can provide the link to the marketplace where you
find there is a revolving door. The link between Government, the
private sector and academia is important. We need to have this constant
cross-fertilisation between the three of us."
The Forum, jointly organized by UNESCO, The Commonwealth Business
Council, The UAE Government and GEMS Education will examine ways to
create real, sustainable and scalable change to education systems at
global and local levels.
A particular focus was on developing an environment that supports
effective public and private partnerships, including a regulatory
framework that ensures access, quality, relevance and equity in
Around 67 million children do not have access to primary school
education and another 72 million children miss out on secondary school
The Forum covered topics across the education sectors; including
sessions on disruptive technologies, technical and vocational education
and equity in education.
Attendees included E. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi, H.E.
Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development,
Uganda, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of The Federal
Republic of Nigeria, H, H.E. Cirino Ofuho, Minister of Youth, H.E.
Chilundo Arlindo, Deputy Minister of Education, Mozambique, South
Sudan, H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, UAE, Nick Fuller, Head
of Education, Olympics 2012, UK, H.E. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of Human
Resource Development, India and Lord Andrew Adonis, former Minister of
State for Education, UK.
SOURCE: GEMS Education
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