UNICEF, Accenture, Microsoft & Dubai Cares launch free digital learning platform to combat global education crisis

Sunday 12th December 2021

Launch of free digital learning platform to combat global education crisis

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Story: Dubai, Sunday 12th December. To help address the global learning crisis, UNICEF, Accenture, Microsoft and Dubai Cares today came together to launch a new digital global learning platform to give 15-24-year-olds all round the world free, certified education and skills training.

The platform, named Passport to Earning, was unveiled on the opening day of the three-day RewirEd Summit, the ground-breaking event at Expo 2020 Dubai aiming to drive the innovative, radical change needed in education.

This is against a backdrop of COVID-19 threatening to turn a progressively worsening learning crisis into a generational catastrophe. At the height of the pandemic, 1.6 billion students were out of school and tens of millions have yet to go back. Now the Omicron variant threatens to wreak yet more havoc to education in the places that can least afford it.

Passport to Earning, which will operate under UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited partnership, will have content spanning digital, foundational, role-based and technical skills to help young people prepare for the world of work. It will keep them learning both inside and outside of classrooms with content that is not dependent on a consistent web connection. All certifications gained by students will support future employment and entrepreneurship opportunities made available on the platform.

Kevin Frey, CEO of Generation Unlimited said, “Passport to Earning exemplifies what partnerships between the public and private sectors, the UN and young people can achieve. It’s a new, modern, and inclusive global skilling solution that will connect millions of underserved youths worldwide with state-of-the-art curriculum, certifications and, ultimately, jobs.”

On a day of detailed examination of why and how education systems need to change to give young people a better chance in their working lives, the announcement encapsulates the opportunities that public/private/NGO partnerships can offer young people.

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares who are hosting the RewirEd Summit said: “If education does not deliver on its promise to equip young people all over the world with the skills they need to tackle future challenges, then we will be known as the generation who did nothing when we could to everything.  We have the means and we must act now.”

The debate at the RewirEd Summit was driven by some of the most important leaders in the field of global education including over 50 Heads of State and government ministers, Gordon Brown, the UN’s Special Envoy for Education; Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF; Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN’s Special Envoy for Youth; Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education; Saadia Zahidi, MD at the World Economic Forum; Bob Moritz, Chairman of PwC; and Alan Jope, Unilever’s CEO.

They and many others addressed fundamental issues, including:

- With young people now three times less likely than adults to find a job, how Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) with its focus on providing work-related skills can be urgently embedded in mainstream education systems and scaled up.

- To give children more equitable futures, how accessible and relevant tertiary education can be developed. Long proven central to economic, societal and personal development, it now sees its slowest growth in regions with some of the largest growing youth populations, threatening further inequality. 

- The innovative digital training that more education pathways need to provide to cater for the growth of the gig economy and creative industries.

- The formal and non-formal educational approaches required to give young people the emerging skills vital to work in the fast-growing green economy.

- The need for radical changes in education as a driver of greater climate resilience and effective adaptation to the climate crisis. Research from Uganda showcased the severe impact of climate disruptions on young people’s livelihoods.

- With the vital growth in focus on technology and innovation, how a continued prioritisation of soft skills such as creativity, flexibility and problem-solving is hard-wired into education systems.

Shows: B-Roll footage of Day One / Sunday 12th December of the RewirEd Summit

It includes:

    • -GVs: RewirEd Summit – Day 1, Sunday 12th December 2021
    • -Kevin Frey, CEO of Generation Unlimited: soundbites & GVs
    • -Robert Jenkins, Global Director of Education, UNICEF
    • -Mahendra Phagwah, Researcher, Restless Development
    • -Sallyann Della Casa, Founder and Chief Identity Hacker, GLEAC
    • -GVs of children around the world in classrooms

Other:

Watching the Summit online

The Summit is being streamed live with all sessions available to watch afterwards on demand. Go to: https://registration.rewired2021.com/event/b314c998-b7ff-4af5-818f-004ab03274d8/regProcessStep1:85c9121a-652b-40e5-9fce-88d55ccc2d72?RefId=Media&rp=0afd30fd-58fd-47d9-bc46-1e064c91e98b, click on “REGISTER NOW” and when completed, click on the “Virtual Registration” icon

Summit Agenda & Speakers

Headlines on each session and all the speakers: https://www.rewired2021.com/agenda/ 

Biographies of speakers: https://www.rewired2021.com/speakers-summit/ 

Dubai Cares

The Summit is being hosted by Dubai Cares: https://www.dubaicares.ae/about/

 

Interviews

The vast majority of speakers on all three days of the summit 3 will be available for TV, radio and print interviews both face-to-face with media on site in Dubai or via Zoom for remote interviews

Any media wanting to set up interviews should contact rewired@markettiers.com

 

Further information

Please contact rewired@markettiers.com

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Free Digital Learning Platform To Combat Global Education Crisis Launched

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