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Our world faces a global education crisis. Today, education systems are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 crisis which has shut down the majority of the world’s schools and interrupted the learning of over a billion students. The situation was critical even before the global pandemic struck, with six in 10 schoolchildren worldwide leaving school unable to read or do basic maths, according to estimates from UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics. The agency estimates that 69 million new teachers are needed worldwide by 2030, if the international community is to meet its Sustainable Development Goal to deliver a quality education to all.

Education is not standing still. New breakthroughs in learning science are transforming the way that we understand the process of teaching. Advances in learning technology are giving teachers new tools to deliver learning in the classroom as well as handing policymakers unprecedented powers to track learning. As the world of work is reshaped by communications technology, robotics and artificial intelligence, education systems are facing enormous pressures to adapt and equip learners with new skills and competencies. These changes may yet transform the traditional classroom as we know it.

Teachers cannot be left to face these challenges alone. The international community must rally around education, or risk losing a generation of learners. The Global Education Series brings together the public, private and philanthropic sectors to solve the biggest issues in education and skills. Hosted by the Varkey Foundation, these annual public forums bring together experts and sector leaders from across the world to collaborate on the solutions to key global challenges for education.

Since its creation in 2013, the Global Education Series has provided the latest thinking on the key issues in education, from neuroscience and education technology to classroom best practice. The forums have also explored the different paths for the international community to deliver real change on education, from a focus on more effective philanthropy to better policymaking. Thousands of delegates from around the world have attended Global Education Series events, including dozens of education ministers and heads of government. Speakers have included political leaders and public figures, education experts, CEOS and global celebrities.