Education ministers meet for the first time in the G20

Delegates of member countries and international organizations are convening in Mendoza to establish a coordinated strategy for developing the skills necessary for the future of work.

The G20 Education Ministerial Meeting began this morning in Mendoza, in western Argentina, to discuss the foundations for future education systems. It is the first meeting of its kind in the history of the G20.

Chaired by Argentine Education Minister Alejandro Finocchiaro, the meeting is being attended by over 30 delegation leaders including Themis Christophidou, Director-General of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Union; Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Betsy Devos, US Secretary of Education; and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

“Without education, human skills cannot be developed. People cannot develop. And without human development, it will not be possible to achieve sustainable development around the world,” Minister Finocchiaro said at the meeting’s opening.

The meeting’s agenda aims to identify the challenges and opportunities of globalization, digitalization and societal diversity to define the skills needed in our future workplace and society. Officials aim to craft innovative and inclusive policies that prepare children, young people and adults to become full participants in our ever-changing future.

Also on the agenda is a debate on international policies for education financing. The aim is to reach consensus how to properly manage international financing mechanisms.

Once the sessions conclude, delegates will take part in the official launch of the World’s Largest Lesson, a global project emphasizing the importance of teaching the Sustainable Development Goals in classrooms worldwide. In addition, students from Mendoza will take part in a live coding activity by Code.org in the presence of Hadi Partovi, its founder and CEO.

This afternoon, education ministers will release a joint statement that will support the policy recommendations to be presented at the Leaders’ Summit. Many of the issues debated today will also be discussed tomorrow at the Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting, an event that recognizes the common goals of both work streams.