The Qudwa-PISA Forum – Showcasing Global Competence Education at Dubai Expo

The Qudwa-PISA Forum – Showcasing Global Competence Education at Dubai Expo

Next week, under the theme “Preparing students to live in an interconnected world”, a ground-breaking educational event will bring together over 150 international policy experts, teachers, and decision-makers to discuss the essential skills that young people need to acquire in order to live in a more globalised and interconnected world. 

It is in this context that the Qudwa-PISA Global Competence Forum, organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the OECD and the Bussola Institute, will be held on site at Dubai EXPO 2020 in the United Arab Emirates on 19 February 2022.

The programme of the day-long event will include sessions designed to explore the importance of education for global competence in today’s world and look at best practices in preparing students for dynamic and interconnected, diverse, and changing societies.

It is commonly accepted that the globalisation and digitisation have gone hand in hand with vastly increased interconnections between people, countries and different regions of the world, with a direct impact on our individual and collective potential. 

Supporting real cooperation between policy makers, leaders and educators and drawing on their significant experience in developing effective global competence education will facilitate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in education and, in particular, the commitment to “learning to live together sustainably”.

"The pandemic showed us just how interconnected we are as a global society - in today's world, one country's problem can quickly become everybody's problem. But the same goes for solutions: through technology, one big idea can revolutionise the way we live. So, we need to support students in understanding their role not just in their local community, but also in the global community. That's what makes education for global competence so important," Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills and a speaker at the Forum, explained.

The discussions at Qudwa-PISA will demonstrate the urgency of the need to promote global competence as an essential skill for the 21st century, explore ways to educate for global competence in and out of classrooms and support teaching at the system level.

" The pandemic has fundamentally impacted the role of teachers and the delivery of education across the world.  In this context, equipping our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to embrace cultural diversity and build more tolerant and sustainable societies needs to become a central preoccupation of policy makers and educators across the globe", John Dennehy, Secretary General of the Bussola Institute, said.

The Forum will also present the PISA Global Competence Report, a new OECD resource on teaching for global competence in various contexts, which will be launched at this event.

The day-long event, organised by the Education Affairs Office at the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, will also be streamed virtually.

You can register to attend the virtual sessions by visiting 

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