India/June 30, 2023/Source: https://www.unesco.org/
The G20 Education Working group gathered from 19 to 22 June for their fourth and final meeting in Pune, India. Education Ministers from G20 and invited countries unanimously endorsed a report and compendium of programmes and policies. UNESCO worked in close collaboration with the G20 Indian Presidency to draft and produce these documents and welcomes their adoption.
The Education Working Group was established in 2018 during Argentina’s G20 Presidency to address skills for life and work, and financing of education. UNESCO supports the G20’s education initiatives by promoting policies to shape the future of education, life and work.
“UNESCO is honoured to have been deeply involved in this process with India and with previous G20 presidencies. It is a process that provides the world with key trends and best practices in education each year,” said Borhene Chakroun, Director of the Division of Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems and of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.
The mantra of this year’s Education Working group under the Indian Presidency is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future through Education. This is the only way forward in a world facing daunting challenges that require a surge in solidarity and partnerships to equip every learner with the knowledge, skills and values to unlock a better future for themselves and for society at large.
This is the impetus for the Transforming Education Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General in New York last year, which called for transformation to recover dramatic learning losses that accrued during the pandemic, to steer the green and digital transitions, and to ensure quality education throughout life as a common public good.
This year’s G20 Education Working Group report and compendium provide a rich analysis of promising practices and policies that show how G20 and participating countries[i] are committed to answering this call for transformation. These outcome documents are the result of sustained guidance and support from the G20 Education Working Group, and the hard work of the Indian Presidency G20 team, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), OECD, UNICEF and UNESCO teams.
Underlining four priority themes to transform education
The G20 Education Working Group focused on four priority themes: Ensuring foundational literacy and numeracy, leveraging digital technology, strengthening the relevance and linkages of education with the future of work, and promoting collaboration between higher education and research, development and innovation within and across national boundaries. The perspective throughout is a lifelong one, emphasizing inclusion, quality and equity in all policies.
The report presents five keys to unlocking inclusive, qualitative, collaborative tech-enabled learning. This is the 5 C’s framework: Coordination and leadership, content and curriculum, connectivity and infrastructure, capacity and culture, and cost and sustainability — with the need for accurate, timely data across all keys.
The G20 working group also addressed the challenges and opportunities for lifelong learning and the future of work. Countries are preparing for the age of Artificial Intelligence, expanding postsecondary education, diversifying TVET opportunities, and examining skills strategies and recognition systems.
The increasingly important role of higher education at the intersection of education, research and innovation was highlighted in the documents. To address today’s and future challenges, particularly in areas such as energy, health and climate change, G20 countries are rethinking strategies for supporting higher education research.
Borhene Chakroun on behalf of Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant-Director General for Education, thanked the Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, and all representatives of the G20 countries for their guidance and contributions to these output documents, which will serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for education systems around the world.
UNESCO is determined to support its Member States in implementing this vision of transforming education and lifelong learning as a human right, monitoring progress, encouraging innovation, and galvanizing global coalitions that enact the spirit of One Earth, One Family, One Future.