4 April 2017
Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) is an annual conference that brings together leaders and from the public, private and social sectors around the world to discuss the ways to achieve education, employment and equity for all. It is a platform for building collaboration with world-renown experts and leaders in transforming education and finding solutions to global issues.The forum provides the Global Teacher Prize, honoring outstanding educators for their exemplary leadership and groundbreaking work that has effected a lasting social change with their students and communities around them.
This year, the Global Education & Skills Forum took place on 18-19 March in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The winner of 2017 is Maggie McDonnell, a teacher working in a remote village in the Canadian Arctic. She has established a Life Skills programme, which successfully combats a high female drop-out rate at a local community.
The topic of this year’s forum has been “How do we make ‘real’ global citizens?”. In line with Forum’s agenda of global citizenship, UNESCO has been executing a Global Citizenship Education approach as a part of its Education programme of 2014-2021.
Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to empower learners from all over the world to assume active roles in facing and resolving global challenges and become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world.
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, debated that the rise of populism reflected a failure in education in the forum’s Debate Chamber. She argued that the global society required education, which “provides relevant skills for the markets of today and tomorrow” and “promotes critical thinking, understanding between cultures that strengthens democratic values, and the resilience of societies and the planet, based on new forms of global citizenship.”
Watch the full debate “ Is the rise of populism the result of a failure of education?”.
Read Lina Benete’s article on Mainstreaming Education for Global Citizenship prepared for GESF 2017.
Other news and blog posts of participating experts in the Global Education & Skills Forum 2017 can be found at: https://www.educationandskillsforum.org/ehome/200170557/news/