New York, 17 September 2022 (TDI): The Transforming Education Summit has been organized in response to the crisis in education that has negatively impacted fairness and inclusion, quality, and relevance on a worldwide scale.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is also participating in the Summit. It has pleaded with world leaders to renew education commitments.

The Summit is being hosted in New York from 16-19 September to make a difference for all kids worldwide.

On the significance of the Summit, UNESCO shared, “education financing is essential.”

Agenda of the Summit

The world is facing a global education crisis that has resulted in the demolition of the current education system with each passing day. This issue needed to be addressed.

As a result, children’s and youth’s futures all around the world are impacted, sometimes slowly and unobserved. The Summit offers a special chance to put education at the top of the international political agenda.

Likewise, it provides a platform to prioritize mobility of action, ambition, solidarity, & solutions, to make up for learning losses caused by pandemics like COVID-19, and to plant the seeds of transformation in education in a world that is changing at an incredibly fast rate.

This has deepened a pre-existing crisis of quality, inclusion, and relevance. Furthermore, about 244 million youth and children globally haven’t been to school.

There is a downfall in foundational learning, numeracy skills along with literacy among youngsters. It has been anticipated globally that 60% of children aren’t able to understand or read even a simple text.

A survey by UNICEF, UNESCO, OECD as well as World Bank found that many countries still have to gather data on children who haven’t returned to school since the beginning of COVID-19.

UNESCO: Educational Efforts

UNESCO has been consulting as well as mobilizing the partners along with the stakeholders in order to transform existing learning aspects. At the Summit, UNESCO worked on a number of green initiatives.

These initiatives include making education responsive to the climate and environmental emergency, expanding public digital learning, and improving access for crisis-affected children.

As per the recent UNESCO survey, around half of the hundred nations examined had climate change to be covered in their national curricula. This demonstrated the discrepancy between what students have been taught.

In order to help the world get there, UNESCO and UNICEF have been launching the “Global Initiative on Public Digital Learning” during the Summit.

These initiatives also help the nations build and expand national platforms, identify and share best practices, and establish international norms and standards to govern platform development.

Therefore, the initiative will map, define, and analyze current public platforms and material. The major goal it carries is to create and technically support a global movement that will make it possible for every learner, teacher, and family to quickly access, locate, and use high-quality, curriculum-aligned digital educational resources.

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