H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai,
Minister of Finance, and Vice President of Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance inaugurated on Monday the
12th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers for
Education 2030 in Dubai.
The Teacher Task Force has organised the forum along with the
UAE Ministry of Education in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Culture and
Knowledge Development and the UAE National Commission for Education, Culture
and Science, UNESCO.
The opening ceremony saw the attendance of Hussain bin Ibrahim
Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Jordan Naidoo, Representative of the UNESCO
Director-General; Jamal Mohammed Al Mehairi, Vice Chairman and
Secretary-General of Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished
Academic Performance; and Gerd-Hanne Fosen, Co-Chair of International Task
Force for Teachers for Education 2030, among others.
The event convened 300 education experts from 70 countries to
tackle the impact of new learning goals on teacher preparation and training,
address inequalities and diversity, and shed light on the effects of
innovations on teacher education and training and practices. Ministers of
education, policy-makers, school leaders, teachers, and representatives of
non-government, inter-government, and professional organisations and private
foundations are among the Forum’s participants.
Al Hammadi said, "It is the UAE’s pleasure, specifically
for Dubai, to host the 12th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task
Force on Teachers for Education 2030 that aims to discuss policies related to
teachers. The UAE has built its present on the foundations of noble human
values and an ambitious civilisational vision whose path is characterised by
our founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who focused on enhancing the
educational and cultural knowledge of the residents. Therefore, we understand
the importance of good education and strike a balance to invest in technology
and artificial intelligence that promotes sustainable solutions for human
Speakers at the opening highlighted how the forum this year
creates an opportunity to both look at emerging trends and to pause for
The event witnessed a Ministerial Roundtable and a Thematic
Groups Meeting, in addition to plenary sessions on teaching approaches,
addressing inequalities, and several side events focusing on Future of
Education, the Global Barometers on Teachers and Teaching and Teachers Policy
The Forum comes at a time when teachers are facing growing
challenges, including difficult working conditions, poor pay, and lack of
support and training. According to the figures released by the 2019 Global
Education Monitoring Report, only 85 percent of teachers worldwide were trained
according to national standards.
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimates that 55 percent of
children and adolescents of primary and lower secondary school age are not
achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and 60 percent are not
acquiring critical skills in mathematics.
This year’s gathering will focus on these challenges and more.
The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 is a
multi-stakeholder partnership whose 143 members include 91 governments as well
as intergovernmental organisations at global, regional or sub-regional levels,
and UN agencies, international NGOs, civil society organisations, global
teacher organisations, bilateral and multilateral international development
agencies and global private sector organisations and foundations.
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