Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh attended the High-Level Segment of the Transforming Education Pre-Summit held in a hybrid format at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris, France from June 29-30.
The pre-summit saw ministerial roundtables where ministers from UNESCO member states expressed their commitment in transforming education between now, 2030 and beyond.
In addition, the main outcome of the pre-summit was to present a shared understanding as to the key elements of transforming education to inform the UN Secretary-General’s summit summary and call to action during the Transforming Education Summit in September.
The pre-summit was attended by over 154 ministers and deputy ministers of education from UNESCO member states and representatives from United Nations (UN) agencies, multilateral organisations and stakeholders.
The objective of the event was to harness the evolving discussions on transforming education, elaborate initial content and establish a shared vision and suggested actions for the Transforming Education Summit that will be held during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in September.
The pre-summit began with a video message from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres followed by opening remarks from UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, Ethiopian President and Chair of the International Commission on the Futures of Education Sahle-Work Zewde and Sierra Leone President and Co-Chair of the SDG 4 High-Level Steering Committee Julius Maada Bio.
Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin as well as other officials from the ministry were also in attendance.