The recent Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai this last weekend riveted anew the notion that the global is personal. It is personal, because it is about people. It is personal because people have stories. It is personal because each one of us have a story. In fact each one of us, IS a story.
From the amazing story of Joseph Munyambanza to the incredible story of Jamira Burley, the Forum set the stage for a meaningful time of learning by making space for story – for history and, in the process, making history. On many occasions these stories inspired and brought a healthy dose of perspective to the limited angle we have on so much in life.
As such, of all the major achievements of the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai from 15-17 March, including the Business Backs Education campaign, the platform created for stories, personal and global ones, will probably resonate more meaningfully than anything else. In fact, these stories told us in no uncertain terms that although we knew little of the Josephs and the Jamiras, we now know more.
So, it would not be out of line to suggest that more needs to be done for story, for history, in our schools, and outside of them, in our homes and in our communities. The aversion to knowledge that crept up on us, out of an odd resistance to knowing facts, threatens our progress as a global community. A greater awareness of, and an accurate knowledge of history will enable us to deal prudently with conflict, learn respectfully from others and work tirelessly in pursuit of solutions to real problems.
Sadly, our children are witnessing inconsistency in how adults deal with conflict, they see arrogance in our disrespect for others and they see sloth in our lack of will. The illustrations around us abound of such lack of wisdom, such disdainful arrogance and such shameful sloth.
Let’s change that.
Thanks to the Global Education and Skills Forum for giving us a start.