UNESCO to host ‘Transform Education’ Pre-Summit to bring changes around teaching, learning

UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is set to host the “Transforming Education Pre-Summit” from June 28 to 30

The “Transforming Education Pre-Summit” will be held from June 28 to June 30 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). To develop a plan for transforming education around the world, this gathering will bring together student activists, corporate and policy leaders, and ministers of education. The workshop will focus on the five core transformational issues of schools, lifelong quality learning, teachers, connectivity, and financing education, according to UNESCO. The main goal of the pre-summit is to prioritise high-quality education as a global public benefit alongside clean air and water, health, and safety.

Furthermore, the Transforming Education Summit (TES), which will take place in September during the UN General Assembly in New York, is preceded by this event. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has organised this high-level meeting in order to fundamentally alter the approach to educational institutions after the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly for the most marginalised students who are suffering from serious learning losses.

Before the pre-summit, on June 28, a Youth-led Global Engagement Day will bring together young people from all over the world to focus on their perspectives and give them the chance to have their opinions on transforming education heard and taken into consideration, according to the UNESCO.

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Leaders of the states of Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, 140 ministers and vice-ministers of education, the director-general of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, the commissioner for international cooperation of the European Union Jutta Urpilainen, the deputy secretary-general Amina J. Mohammed, the executive director of UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), Catherine M. Russell, the summit special advisor Leonardo Garnier, the co-chair of the advisory committee David Sengeh, youth activists.

Almost 40% of low- and lower-income nations have decreased their spending on education

The event is occurring at a pivotal time when worldwide government spending in education is not keeping up with the growing learning problem. Approximately 40% of low- and lower-income countries have reduced their investment on education since the epidemic began in 2020, with an average decline in real spending of 13.5 percent, according to the UNESCO website. In 2020, 43 bilateral donors lowered their education funding, while households in the poorest countries face 39 percent of the burden compared to just 16 percent in high-income countries, according to a report by the World Bank, UNESCO’s Global Education Report, and UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics.

“This is the moment to reverse the historical slide resulting from pandemic, climate and conflict disruptions, and to seek transformational changes around schooling, learning, teaching, technology, and financing of education,” the UNESCO stressed.

Additionally, UNESCO emphasised in a statement that while the globe slowly and painfully recovers from the COVID-19 epidemic, which had a huge impact on education, the moment is right to assess where the world stands with the Sustainable Education Goal and take appropriate action.

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