The Global Education and Skills Forum 2019

Published: 3 May 2019

In March 2019, the world’s education experts convened in Dubai for the Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) 2019. Known as the 'Oscars of the education world’; the GESF brings together world leaders and experts who are passionate about education and its ability to transform lives. And this year, the Foundation was proud to be a partner of the event, for the first time.

The event places education firmly in the spotlight and March’s event paid special interest to non-formal education as well.

As an official partner of the GESF, the Foundation was involved in a number of roundtable and panel discussions, which included His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex hosting a round table discussion on the importance of 21st century skills, with contributors including Ministers from Portugal, the Philippines and Mauritius, Ministry Officials from Finland and Zimbabwe and a range of other global education experts.

Secretary General John May continued the discussion via a live panel debate on the subject, as well as being interviewed by Mark Reid - a Global Teacher Prize finalist - about his involvement with education and in particular, the Award’s work in non-formal education.

The visit also celebrated the first Gold Award Ceremony in the UAE, where 29 young people from eight schools were recognised and presented with their Gold Award by The Earl.


During the trip, the Foundation also signed an MOU with the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance in the presence of HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, and HRH The Earl of Wessex who stated that “this partnership is a great opportunity to further the work of the Award within the UAE.”

Click here for more information on the Award’s work around the world and its involvement in the GESF.