Leaders and Industry Experts Gather in the UAE for Global Education

By: Olayide Tikolo, Senior Project Coordinator, Global Business Coalition for Education
“The future of education relies on partnerships between various sectors of the economy to cultivate and shape the minds of the future and prepare them for work in an interconnected world.”
                                                                                                                                               Humaid, al Qatami, UAE Minister of Education
From March 15 – 17, over 750 world leaders, business leaders, government ministers and education experts will gather in the UAE for the 2nd Global Education and Skills Forum.  Their meeting will be another important step taken towards facilitating the cross-sector partnerships needed to tackle the global education crisis.
The Forum is organized jointly by GEMS Education, the UAE Ministry of Education, UNESCO, the Varkey GEMS Foundation and Dubai Cares, in support of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).  It will discuss the growing youth population, huge education funding gap, increasing mismatch between skills and employment and the potential role of technology in solving these problems.
Confirmed speakers include President Bill Clinton; Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO; Gib Bulloch, Executive Director, Accenture Development Partnerships, George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of Greece, Chernor Bah, Campaign Coordinator for Youth Engagement, A World At School; and Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, CEO of the LEGO Foundation.
The Forum will also include representatives from Credit Suisse Group, Intel Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Vikas Pota, CEO of the Varkey GEMS Foundation notes: “by bringing together the best brains from business, the policy arena and the NGO sector, we stand a better chance of achieving the change that will actually deliver for children and young adults all over the world”.

Business Backs Education Campaign

At the Forum, GEMS Education will launch the ‘Business Backs Education’ Campaign, a global campaign to rally the private sector around education.  As well as championing business engagement in education, the campaign will call on the private sector to double their spending on education by the Global Education and Skills Forum 2015.
Companies who sign up to the campaign will be offered a complimentary enrollment in the #smartinvestment Network, a community of companies brought together by the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education).
The #smartinvestment Network provides companies with the opportunity to learn more about best practices for engaging in education from GBC-Education’s corporate members who have made deep commitments to education in developing countries and are accelerating progress in delivering quality education for all of the world’s children and youth.
To join GBC-Education’s group of corporate companies who are leading through example, find out more here or contact Kathy Seligman at [email protected].