Expo 2020 Dubai’s International Day of Education

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As the world’s greatest renewable resource and a fundamental right, education is critical in combatting poverty, bridging the digital divide, and instilling global citizenship. While there has been significant progress made, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education systems at an unprecedented scale. This has permanently changed the learning experience worldwide and forced us to reimagine the future of education. The International Day of Education (IDE) provides an opportunity to reflect on the changes brought in the past years, while also envisioning education in the upcoming decades together with education experts, students, and teachers. The IDE will bring these stakeholders together to strengthen collaboration, share best practices for teaching in an era of digitalization, and explore pathways to accelerate innovations brought about by disruptions to education worldwide.

Note: all timings below are Dubai local time (14h-17h UAE time, i.e. 11h-14h CET)

13:30-14:00 – Registration

14:00-14:10 – Introduction and Welcome Remarks

The International Day of Education (IDE) will begin with Welcome Remarks from H.E. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates who will dive deeper into the current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the education field.

14:10-14:50 – Show and Tell with Leaders of Tomorrow: Spotlighting Student Voices

We cannot reimagine and shape future education without including student voices. This session will zoom in on the education experiences of students during and beyond the COVID19- pandemic, as well as celebrate student stories, highlight their resilience, and reveal key transformations and innovations in the education sector. The conversation will have Adam El Rafey, Student and Change Advocate and will be moderated by Keishia Thorpe, Teacher and Winner of Global Teacher Prize 2021.

14:50-15:25 – Masterclasses with teachers from around the globe

Teachers shape our lives in powerful ways. With their ability to inspire and empower students, they can change the lifepath of their students and generations to come. Yet, their key role in attaining quality education is often underappreciated. Join us for two masterclasses with Ranjitsinh Disale, Teacher and Winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020 as well as Diana Lorena Rubio, Teacher and Nominee for the Global Teacher Prize 2021. The session will be moderated by Alanood Al Kaabi, Education Programs Manager at Educating Affairs Office, Crown Prince Court.

15:25-16:05 – The Classroom of 2050

What does the future of education look like? How will education systems, classrooms, or learning and teaching models evolve? This session will bring together parents, students, teachers, education innovators, and leaders of education organizations to reimagine the future of education and the classroom of 2050. The discussion will be joined by Lamya Butt, Student and Founder & CEO of Resilient Together and Tannya Jajal, Chapter Lead, Women in Tech UAE, Tom Fletcher CMG (virtual), Principal at Hertford College at Oxford University and Kiran Bir Sethi (virtual), Founder, Design for Change. The conversation will be moderated by Elisa Guerra, Global Teacher Prize 2015 and 2016 Finalist and Member of the UNESCO Futures of Education International Commission.

16:05-16:20 – Painting a bright future for education

Arts and creativity have been an important pillar of education for centuries. When words and numbers fail, arts and creativity can convey important messages. Over the past weeks, the Ministry of Education has brought together a group of international students with the artist and calligrapher, Diaa Allam. This session will host a conversation between Diaa Allam, Artist and Calligrapher, and Afreen Nizam Rasheed, Student artist, who will share the key messages of the mural and reflections on the process of creation.

16:20 – 16:30 Celebrating Education around the world

Closing a day of inspiring reflections and discussions on reimagining and shaping the future of education, we will hear from Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO sharing their learnings from the global International Day of Education.

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee & Networking

Join us outside the Nexus between the Vietnam Pavilion and Sun Stage to watch Diaa Allam, Artist and Calligrapher, complete the mural.

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