Wyclef Jean calls for educational support for all children: “Let’s not baby kids as they have the mindset to go places that we will never go”

Tuesday 14th December 2021

Rapper took centre-stage on final day of RewirEd Summit - driving innovative, radical change in global education

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Story: Dubai, Tuesday 14th December 2021. Rapper, singer, songwriter and actor, Wyclef Jean, today called for educational support for all children, especially those born into poverty

The Haitian star took centre-stage on the final day of the RewirEd Summit, the ground-breaking three-day event at Expo 2020 Dubai aiming to drive the innovative, radical change needed in education. 

He said, “As we move forward, let’s make sure that we are giving all the children current information with maths and science. Let’s not baby these kids as they have the mindset to go places that we will never go.”

On a day dominated by several of the most important leaders in the field addressing crucial questions around the financing of educational change, the summit hosts Dubai Cares & UNESCO also launched The RewirEd Global Declaration on Connectivity for Education. The Declaration draws on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a framework to further the digital transformation of education globally.

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, the RewirEd Summit hosts, concluded by saying: “While we have reason to celebrate all our achievements from the summit, let us not forget that the road to real success – the road that leads every child to a classroom and every young individual to a decent and dignified job - is still under construction. In light of absolutely everything that we have gone through in the last two years in particular, let us pledge to disrupt our present so our tomorrow is not disrupted by any external force once again; to defend our current achievements so our future progress is not jeopardized once again and to deliver on our promise to the coming generations, so their existence does not become a question once again.” 

The RewirEd Summit took place 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.

Driving the debate at the summit were leaders 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; Jaime Saavedra, Global Director, Education, World Bank Group & ex-Education Minister, Peru; 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.

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former UK Prime Minister said, “We are at a critical turning point. We know the scale of the damage from COVID-19. Millions of pupils’ learning time has been lost. Two thirds of countries are cutting education budgets. We are creating an unparalleled crisis. Countries must see education as indispensable. Education spending should be treated as an investment. It is an investment in the future.”

The summit featured 450 speakers from 60 countries and over 2,000 participants in all.

Shows: B-Roll footage of Day One / Tuesday 14th December of the RewirEd Summit

It includes:

Wyclef Jean, Haitian rapper, singer, songwriter & actor: soundbite & set up shot.

David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Basic & Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology & Innovation, Sierra Leone: soundbites & set up shots

Vaishnavi Behal, Restless Development: soundbites & set.  Restless Development is a non-governmental organization that provides training & support to young people and creates opportunities for them to be part of policy and decision-making processes

GVs of the Summit

GVs from participating organisations showing classroom teaching in different countries


The Summit

Full details of the RewirEd Summit are here: https://www.rewired2021.com/ 

The RewirEd Summit was hosted by Dubai Cares: https://www.dubaicares.ae/about/

Further information

Please contact rewired@markettiers.com

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





Wyclef Jean calls for educational support for all children: “Let’s not baby kids as they have the mindset to go places that we will never go”


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