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Education must evolve with society needs: Sheikha Hind

Education must evolve with
society needs: Sheikha Hind

Tribune News Network
THE Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF) Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al Thani has emphasised the need for education to be interconnected with every aspect of sustainable development.
Participating in a key policy discussion at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2019 in New York City, Sheikha Hind outlined how fostering human development through education is at the core of Qatar’s vision for a sustainable future and nationwide efforts to realise this vision.
During the session focusing on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for inclusive, equitable quality education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for everyone, she said that if all the SDGs identified by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are to be achieved on a worldwide scale, they must be similarly intertwined with education.
Taking place from July 9 to 18 under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), ‘HLPF 2019’ is the latest edition of the UN’s main sustainable development platform. Attended by representatives of governments, UN bodies, international organisations, civil society groups, and businesses from 197 UN member states, it provides nations with an opportunity to exchange their experiences of working toward implementing the SDGs, highlight their efforts and successes and identify actions and solutions that can accelerate progress toward achieving the 17 goals.
Following a speech by Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom and United Nations special envoy for global education, the discussion on SDG 4 chaired by Inga Rhonda King, president of ECOSOC, explored its links with other goals and targets under the 2030 Agenda.
Speaking at the session, Sheikha Hind said: “Education has to evolve in line with individual and societal needs, reflect a world where disruption is a way of life, and retain its fundamental principles while not reducing its scope to try new things. It must excite and inspire young people by demonstrating that it is their pathway to opportunity and the realisation of their goals – and it must be a cornerstone of sustainable development as a whole.
“Economic growth, productive employment, reduction of inequality and peaceful and inclusive societies only become possible through education of the kind identified by SDG 4. At the same time, providing such education only has a purpose if people can see, and believe in, what it leads to and why it matters.
“This sense of interconnectivity is why the SDGs are at the heart of Qatar’s development, alongside our own national vision. Human development is at the core of this vision – connecting all sectors, all stakeholders, and all of society – and it can only happen through the brand of education that SDG 4 defines, and Qatar Foundation provides.”
During the session moderated by Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, Sheikha Hind explained how QF’s unique model of quality, inclusive education interconnects with all sectors in Qatar, enabling young people to follow a direct pathway into fields from which they can contribute to the nation’s sustainable development vision while also achieving their personal goals. She also spoke about how QF’s partnerships with Qatari organisations such as Qatar Fund For Development, Education Above All, and Teach For Qatar intensify the national and global impact of its efforts in the sphere of education.
Sheikha Hind’s trip to the US has also seen her sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, established by global corporate sustainability initiative the United Nations Global Compact and international gender equality champion UN Women.