Expo 2020 Dubai: World leaders to speak at upcoming Theme Week

Five heads of state and 40-plus ministers will take part in summit

Prince Albert of Monaco will be among the speakers at the RewirEd Summit,. File photo
Prince Albert of Monaco will be among the speakers at the RewirEd Summit,. File photo

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Published: Fri 10 Dec 2021, 12:53 PM

Last updated: Fri 10 Dec 2021, 12:55 PM

A three-day global education summit, a number of World Majlis events, an interactive workshop-style event around experiential learning, and a Business Forum on harnessing and challenging today’s knowledge to better prepare for the future will be among the headline events uniting global thought leaders and change-makers at Expo 2020 Dubai's Knowledge & Learning Week.

The week, which runs from December 12-18 , in association with Dubai Cares, will analyse how knowledge can propel a global community to innovate for a better future for all.

It is one of 10 Theme Weeks anchoring Expo’s Programme for People and Planet, and will kick off with the three-day RewirEd Summit from December 12 at Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai.

The summit will focus on three key pressing areas in education worldwide: Youth, Skills and the Future of Work; Innovation in Education; and Education Financing.

Speakers, appearing either in-person or virtually, will include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana, His Excellency Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania and Chair of the Board of Directors of Global Partnership for Education (GPE); Rt Hon Gordon Brown, the UK’s former Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education; and Patrizio Bianchi, Italy’s Minister of Education.

A World Majlis at the Women’s Pavilion December 13 will answer the question ‘How do we ensure our education system delivers for women and girls?’, with speakers including Maruja Gorday de Villalobos, Panama’s Minister of Education; and Safeena Husain, social worker and founder of India-based non-profit Educate Girls.

The Knowledge & Learning Week Business Forum will also take place on December 14 at the DP World Pavilion, comprising panel discussions, Q&As and presentations on harnessing and challenging knowledge to better prepare for the future.

Speakers at the event will include Liina Kersna, Estonia’s Minister of Education; Marjaana Sall, Ambassador for Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland; and Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Ghana’s Minister of Education.

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “A cornerstone of the UAE’s development strategy, education has witnessed a fundamental shift since the beginning of the pandemic, with traditional learning modes dismantled in favour of others that better equip our next generation for the demands of the 21st century. With this in mind, in collaboration with our friends at Dubai Cares, Knowledge & Learning Week will spotlight how to strengthen the provision of inclusive, equitable access to quality education, as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals, in a changed world.

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and vice-chairman at Dubai Cares, said: “Education has been integral to the UAE’s growth and development over the years. The Knowledge and Learning Week at Expo 2020 Dubai is a strong reflection of the country’s enduring commitment to advocating for the importance of education in driving a sustainable future for all. As the flagship event of this week, the RewirEd Summit, in particular, will not only reinforce the UAE’s long-standing efforts in promoting access to quality education, but also championing a much-needed transformation in global education to make it more robust and resilient to crises.”

Throughout the week, social enterprises from the Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme and the Expo 2020 Best Practice Programme will present their innovative ideas for creating more inclusive societies.

The Expo Live Impact Series takes place from December at 13-17 at The Hub, The Good Place by Expo Live pavilion. It is an opportunity to hear from grantees such as Wild Shots Outreach, teaching the value and benefit of local ecology in South Africa’s Kruger National Park; and Blossom Academy, upskilling Ghanaian talent to be successful data scientists and pairing them with start-ups across Africa.

Knowledge & Learning Week is the fifth of 10 Theme Weeks, it offers an exchange of inspiring new perspectives to address the greatest challenges and opportunities of our time.

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