RewirEd Summit is Dubai Cares’ flagship platform advocating for transformed education systems as the core enabler for a sustainable future for people and planet. Drawing from Dubai Cares’ 17 years of global experience in enabling access to quality education for children and youth through impactful interventions, RewirEd Summit was established in response to the urgent need to transform educational systems, which have largely remained unchanged since the 1st industrial revolution. It was also born out of a recognition that the education crisis cannot be solved by education actors alone but requires new and unlikely allies – from teachers and principals to ministers and the private sector and children and youth themselves – to identify solutions at the intersection of education and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, RewirEd Summit has established its position as a leading voice and catalyst for inclusive, collective, and proactive action on global education transformation.
RewirEd Summit was announced in September 2020 on the sidelines of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with the inaugural edition of RewirEd Summit taking place from December 12th to 14th, 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai. Held as a hybrid event against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic’s massive impact on education, the Summit featured 500 speakers and brought together over 4,000 participants joining in-person. Altogether, they represented over 140 nationalities, resulting in a truly global conversation on the future of education. The first edition of the Summit focused on three main areas: Youth, Skills and the Future of Work, Innovation in Education and Education Financing. The key recommendations from the discussions and insights shared during the Summit have been captured in the ‘Rewiring Education for People and Planet’ Report, which offers six concrete “win-win” solutions that promote a cross-sectoral ecosystem approach to align thinking and action for transformational education outcomes and to further achieve progress across the SDGs.
The second edition of the RewirEd Summit took place at COP28 and focused on placing education at the forefront of the climate agenda. It convened climate and education actors and united them in their commitment towards global education transformation as a powerful solution to achieve climate ambitions and education goals. Taking place on COP28’s “Youth, Children, Education and Skills” Thematic Day on 8th of December 2023, RewirEd Summit 2023 brought together diverse voices and sectors including heads of state, ministers, heads of UN agencies and multilaterals in addition to experts, youth and grassroot entities. It prioritized aligning agendas, commitments, and financing, as well as enabled the sharing and inspiring of solutions, while ensuring that climate agendas and investments are linked to education priorities, and that education strategies and commitments respond to the climate agenda today and in the future. The Summit’s programming focused on four areas: Rewiring Lifelong Learning for Green Jobs and Green Economy; Transformative Policy and Innovative Financing at the Nexus of Education and Climate Action; Leveraging Technology and Connectivity to Rewire Education Systems for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation; and People and Knowledge at the Heart of Transformation for People and Planet.
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