Over 300 education experts, among whom ministers of education and teachers are expected to attend the upcoming Policy Dialogue Forum being organised by the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030.
Being held under the patronage of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, the annual event takes place from December 8 to 11.
The Teacher Task Force is co-organizing this Forum’s edition with the UAE Ministry of Education and with the support of the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and the UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.
Building on the Declaration adopted during its 11th Policy Dialogue Forum “Preparing Teachers for the Future We Want”, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 recognises that teaching has become complex, challenging work.
The 12th Forum, whose theme is “The Futures of Teaching”, will explore visions of teaching and learning responding to emerging realities and challenges of 21st century education systems. It will also contribute to the “Futures of Education”, the new high-level global initiative on rethinking and reimagining education.
In many countries, teachers are facing the multiple challenges of difficult working conditions, poor pay and lack of support and training. The 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report highlighted that only 85% of teachers worldwide were trained according to national standards. Moreover, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimates that 55% of children and adolescents of primary and lower secondary school age are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and 60% are not acquiring critical skills in mathematics.
With the accelerating pace of technological advancement, traditional models of public education are being challenged by emerging models of teaching and learning that imply a radical rethinking of how learning is organized and how teachers are prepared for their expected roles in today’s and future learning environments.
The Forum’s participants will include policy-makers, practitioners and researchers from ministries of education, institutions and academia, alongside representatives of non-governmental, intergovernmental and professional organizations, as well as private foundation.
Deliberations will take ideas and clues from today’s world of work, technological developments and knowledge on innovative learning and teaching approaches. They will look at the relevance of existing and future-oriented teaching practices to different contexts, re-examining past assumptions, identifying gaps in teacher policies and reforms and proposing ideas to address them.
The Forum will also include a Ministerial round table (on December 9) hosted by His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education of the United Arab Emirates. This roundtable will see the participation of ministers of education from the Gulf region and from different regions of the world.
The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 is a multi-stakeholder partnership whose 143 members include 91 governments as well as intergovernmental organizations. – TradeArabia News Service