Lessons from the RewirED Summit

Global educators gather to discuss and shape the future of education

The RewirED Summit, led by Dubai Cares, draws attention to the current state of global education.
The three-day event was held at Expo 2020 Dubai, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Border Security Council, and was attended by over 2,000 participants, the majority of whom were teachers and education leaders.

Annamma Lucy, a teacher at GEMS our Own, Sharjah – Boys was one of the attendees, and here she shares her top takeaways from the influential summit.

Young people’s perception of careers in education

The RewirED Summit brought together all those who have a bold vision for the future of education, to bring about positive change.

I appreciated the keynote presentation by His Excellency Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares. He presented an introductory statement, stating how technology is developing our children and raised the concern that young people are not pursuing careers in education and that this is becoming a significant problem in need of a solution. He also stated that “the future is now”, and that “if you want to transform education, you must start now.”

Keep hope alive

I had the opportunity to listen to a virtual address by Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and a United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education. He spoke on three essential topics: youth talents, educational innovation and education finance. His speech closed by stating that, “no economic or health recovery will ever be full or sustainable until there is a rebound in education.” I loved what he said about giving hope to young people: “Hope dies when a young person is unable to plan and prepare for the future and is unable to even begin to dream of a better life, but hope can come alive when young people have opportunities to make the most of their potential and bridge the gap between who they are, and what they have it in themselves to become.”

The pleasure of networking

The summit provided me with the opportunity to interact, connect and network with education practitioners from around the world – people I would never have had the chance to meet otherwise. During the breaks, I met teachers from Uganda and Poland, and we shared our various teaching experiences. I was also fortunate to speak with some inspiring youth ambassador students who spoke about their fear of war in their home countries. Meeting teachers and students from different cultures and contexts is a pleasure, as we have so much to learn from and share with each other.

The power of partnerships

Henrietta H Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, spoke about the partnership between the public, private and youth sectors. She outlined the hopes, desires and anxieties of young people all across the world who do not have access to high-quality education. Young people are carrying an increased sense of dread as a result of job losses, unemployment and disruptions to their schooling. She also highlighted that young people are eager to mentor other young people – an idea I’m keen to see more of in our schools.