READ experts participated in UN Education Summit in remote mode on 18th of September.

The Transforming Education Summit is a key initiative of Our Common Agenda launched by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in September 2022. The Summit took place during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly and was convened by the Secretary-General with a view to elevating education to the top of the global political agenda and to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses and sow the seeds to transform education in a rapidly changing world.

Education today is in turmoil. More than 90 % of the world’s children have had their education interrupted by COVID-19 — the largest disruption of education systems in history. For many students, especially girls and young women, this break may become permanent, with potential consequences for their future and for future generations that follow. The pandemic has also exposed large disparities not only between countries, but particularly between different learner groups within countries.

Education systems need to adapt to the shifting skills needed professionally, making learning more student-centered, connected, dynamic, inclusive and collaborative, allowing creativity to blossom. Learning resources must evolve to reflect these transformations in how teaching and learning occur.

It is necessary to develop alternatives for those left behind or out of the conventional educational system, so that they can build essential skills for life and can pursue upskilling and reskilling opportunities for lifelong learning. In the context of a global climate crisis, rapid technological transformation, profound changes in the world of work, lower levels of trust in public institutions, the erosion of democratic values and the rise of disinformation, intolerance and hate speech, current systems of learning are failing children, young people and learners of all ages.