Dubai Expo 2020: local charity to put spotlight on access to education at dedicated pavilion

Installations focus on the future of work and transformative power of education

The Dubai Cares pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will take visitors on an immersive journey, designed to illustrate the transformative power of childhood education.

Installations will also explore how future generations need to upskill and adapt for the fourth industrial revolution.

Under the theme ‘The Future is Human’, the emirate's philanthropic organisation hopes to entertain and engage visitors and invite them to join and support its movement.

Our goal with the Dubai Cares Pavilion is to carefully explore what lies ahead for our children, and emphasise the fact that, while it may not seem so now, the future is indeed human

Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares works to provide children around the world with equal access to education and helps them to take charge of their future.

The pavilion will be located in the Opportunity District.

The 1,000 sq/m space – spread over two levels – will introduce the wider world to the charitable contributions made by Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of Dubai, and the residents of the emirate.

The history of Dubai and the UAE goes way beyond what meets the eye, said Dr Tariq Al Gurg, commissioner general for the Dubai Cares Pavilion and Dubai Cares chief executive officer.

"This is the story of a land, whose people have been known for their generosity and kindness for decades, and their legacy continues today.

"At its very core, Dubai Cares embodies the spirit of altruism of the people of the UAE, who take great pride in associating themselves with the dynamic global movement that the organisation has become today.

"We believe that this deeply enriching, engaging and empowering story of Dubai, the UAE and Dubai Cares must be shared with the whole world – and what better platform than Expo 2020 Dubai to proudly showcase it.”

The need to disrupt education

The Dubai Cares pavilion is designed with both adult and children in mind. Courtesy, Dubai Cares
The Dubai Cares pavilion is designed with both adult and children in mind. Courtesy, Dubai Cares

The pavilion's ground-level space will feature a series of engaging activities in zones designed for children and adults, aimed at enriching their understanding of Dubai and the Emirates.

It will also introduce visitors to Dubai Cares and its mission, and enlighten them about the importance of the various stages of learning in a child's life.

Visitors will come to understand what a level playing field can look like if children are educated early and in the right way, said Dr Al Gurg.

"While new-age technology has unlocked a whole new world of opportunities for global industries, our education system has not made any real progress in terms of effectively utilising the opportunities presented by this new dynamic," he said.

"As the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on livelihoods, health and the future, we believe that the time has come for a major disruption in the education space.

"This will be done through a complete overhaul of the entire ecosystem that will combine the power of technological advancement with the infinite strength of human skills, vision and connection which, we firmly believe, is the centrepiece of the human progress and development story.

"Our goal with the Dubai Cares Pavilion is, therefore, to carefully explore what lies ahead for our children and emphasise the fact that, while it may not seem so now, the future is indeed human.”

Engaging discussion

In the upper-level space of the pavilion, students from UAE schools can participate in workshops.

These will provide opportunities for young people to volunteer in Dubai Cares’ activities and serve as young ambassadors.

The space will also be used to host elements of Dubai Cares' flagship RewirEd Summit, which will take place from December 12 to 14, in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and in co-ordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.

The three-day, in-person summit will convene more than 2,000 diverse participants to identify ideas and drive change for education.

RewirEd is a global platform that aims to rewire education for a prosperous and sustainable future, and mobilise both public and private sector support for increased connectivity for learning and livelihoods.

Visit the RewirEd Summit website for more information and to register attendance.

In pictures - Expo 2020 Dubai pavilions

Updated: May 3, 2021 05:29 PM

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