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UAE Minister of Future: ‘Current Education System Is Underqualified'

UAE Minister of Future: ‘Current Education System Is Underqualified'

Thursday, 15 February, 2018 - 14:30
UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Gergawi. Asharq Al-Awsat
Dubai- Musaid Al Zayani
UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Gergawi said that the World Government Summit was able to emphasize the importance of developing government work.

Gergawi, who is also Chairman of the World Government Summit, saw that the steps taken in that direction are not enough, pointing out that governments are facing significant challenges that require building global partnerships and alliances.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat on the sidelines of the 6th World Government Summit, which was concluded on Wednesday, Gergawi said that the Summit addressed a series of challenges that require urgent action such as the need to develop the education system in many regions of the world, develop the health sector, re-evaluate labor market needs and invest in new sectors such as advanced science, technology, automation, artificial intelligence and space industries in order to be able to face future global changes.

When asked about the contributions made by the summit in its 6th round, Gergawi said that it contributed to pushing more intellectual and strategic global movements to improve the work of governments and develop mechanisms for future work.

“We consider the summit a major cognitive, scientific, technical and humanitarian platform for the exchange of experience and knowledge,” Gergawi explained.

He said that its role is essentially motivational, to invite organizations, governments, individuals, innovators and developers to join this greatest movement of its kind at the human level to serve humanity.

Gergawi further noted that the aim of the summit is to seek a systematic approach that is similar to a comprehensive and fundamental framework for government action.

“This broad framework can crystallize creative solutions and mechanisms for different global challenges through the development of general models of the future government work system while taking into account the privacy of communities and environments facing these challenges.

Shedding light on the fears tackled by the summit regarding the changes that will take place in the labor market in the future, Gergawi noted the remarks of President of the World Bank Jim Yong King, who said that in coming years, 150 million people will leave their jobs around the globe while 300 million young people will be searching for work.

Gergawi pointed out that the future culture of work will be quite different from what it is currently as it will only be based on technology.

“Millions of jobs today will disappear in the future because of automation, and 65 percent of primary school students will work in areas that do not exist today. This leads us to education as one of the greatest challenges facing many countries in the world.”

He stressed that the current education system is underqulaified, adding that investing in youth will have positive effects in the future of the Middle East as they present the human capital in the region.

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