Dubai: Dubai Cares, a civil society organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UN DGC), has launched its ‘Global Education Solutions Accelerator’ (GESA) at COP28 UAE.
The innovative mechanism will help countries fast-track progress towards 2030, as they work with a robust network of international actors and platforms from within the development and education sectors. It also identifies and implements solutions that best address their education transformation challenges and ambitions and allows them to leverage rewired education systems as a core enabler for sustainable development.
In its first phase, Dubai Cares and Aga Khan Foundation, a non-denominational development agency, aims to fast-track education transformation across ten countries that are part of the Schools2030 program under the leadership of the Aga Khan Foundation.
Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares, made the announcement as part of a high-level session titled “The Youth and Education Session: The latent force of climate action” during COP28’s World Climate Action Summit in the Blue Zone, in the presence of heads of state and other high-level speakers.
Dr. Al Gurg stated that, “The Global Education Solutions Accelerator (GESA) is a powerful mechanism that embodies the essence of Dubai Cares’ 16 years of hands-on experience in implementing education programming on the ground, while simultaneously amplifying the global community’s understanding of the issues and gaps that have existed for a very long time. We are confident that the Aga Khan Foundation is the ideal strategic partner for the implementation of such a global initiative which represents a new system of partnerships for rewiring education.”
“GESA will bring the education sector and various stakeholders together, in order to fast-track education transformation in countries, and unlock collective gains that can expedite meaningful outcomes towards a sustainable future for not only learners and teachers but also the wider communities,” Dr. Al Gurg added.
The Global Education Solutions Accelerator will seek to drive targeted technical support to countries to identify and fast-track flexible and adaptable solutions in line with their own aspirations to be contextualized to their countries’ vision.
The Accelerator will enable countries to unlock opportunities for achieving national education transformation ambitions, by leveraging the collective expertise and guidance of the diverse membership of the Accelerator.
It will be led by a group of strategic partners that include multilateral organizations, UN agencies, international NGOs, development banks, and civil society organizations among others.