Earlier in May 2023, Jane Rexworthy, Chair of UK Skills Partnership participated in the world’s largest gathering of education and skills ministers at Education World Forum (EWF).
Held at London’s QEII Centre, EWF 2023 addressed how education has changed and what we have learned from recent disruption and responses and considered longer term challenge and change.
Representing the UK Skills Partnership, Jane attended ministerial meetings hosted by the Department for Business and Trade with representatives from Oman, Colombia, Jordan, Ghana, Hong Kong, UAE and Libya, among others, to share insights on the UK TVET system and to explore ways of supporting countries to address their TVET challenges.
With that in mind, here are some insights and reflections from this year’s EWF conference:
Global exchanges – There were some key statistics and statements shared at the conference that stood out:
- It will take 5 years to recover the lost learning for older children because of the pandemic.
- Less than 9% of the 1 billion children in the world have access to digital technology.
- For stability it is critical to keep politics out of the classroom.
- Resilience is now seen as a key skill.