The International Day of Education, which will be commemorated during Dubai Expo 2020, will focus on the importance of education systems in the future while also casting light on the sector’s digital revolution.

On Monday, January 24, a fantastic lineup of events will include trips and thoughts from sector leaders in various organizations, as well as discussions by UNESCO officials and varied voices of professionals, educators, and students.

To enhance the day’s experience, a link is being formed with the Knowledge and Learning Week that was held earlier at Expo 2020 and the International Day of Education. On this day, awards will be given out to outstanding teachers and educators.

Dr Amna Al Dahak, Assistant Undersecretary for Care and Capacity Building Sector said, “the Ministry of Education thought this is an ideal platform, to think together what are the things that we need to celebrate on this day. It will include all the voices of all the stakeholders to make the educational journey and experience successful for everyone.”

She went on to say that students are the major drivers of the future and the driving forces behind the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Students will be voicing opinions of many other students around the world by contributing to those discussions,” she later opined.

Concurring with her co-panellist, Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education says, “The pandemic has really highlighted the role of teachers.”

“We realise a screen cannot replace teachers in their crucial role in a dimension which is simply not about the transmission of knowledge but also social and emotional dimension of learning. The pandemic also created awareness about the importance of teachers and to translate the importance of the teaching profession into an action plan which is about teachers’ training and to include these in public policies.”

Additionally, throwing light on the UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report 2020: Inclusion and education: all means all, Giannini, points out, “We have to enhance our capacities to work together. This report sheds light on the role of the educations systems in the far future, to reimagine education from now to 2050, to be able to visualise school systems in 20-30 years. The report is intended as an invitation to provoke a debate.”

“The International Day of Education at Expo 2020 will be based on the topics provided as a cue for discussions. It’s an invitation to rethink the main systems of relationship between a child, relationship with the planet while caring for it and the relationship with digital technology. These different dimensions help to shape the future of education,” she added.

“The International Day of Education at Expo 2020 will be based on the topics provided as a cue for discussions. It’s an invitation to rethink the main systems of relationship between a child, relationship with the planet while caring for it and the relationship with digital technology. These different dimensions help to shape the future of education,” she added.

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