The World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative (GEI) aims to raise awareness and support for the implementation of sustainable and scalable national education plans on a global level through the increased engagement of the private sector. In 2008, the GEI launched a workstream to advance entrepreneurship education as one of the key drivers of sustained social development and economic recovery.
In line with Deloitte21, Deloitte’s global focus on driving innovations in education and skills for underserved young people that will help them succeed in the 21st-century economy, Deloitte joined the steering board of the GEI in 2009. Deloitte has helped the steering board design and launch a series of roundtables on entrepreneurship education and 21st-century skill development.
The roundtables are held on occasion of the Forum’s regional summits. Private sector, government, and non-profit leaders gather to discuss steps to provide young people with skills to become entrepreneurs and innovators. In May 2010, a roundtable on Europe took place in Brussels, and in October 2010 the second roundtable was held on Middle East and North Africa in Morocco. The roundtable on Latin America is scheduled for April 2011 in Rio de Janeiro.
Each roundtable has led to the publication of a manifesto outlining priority areas for action, a report, and formation of advisory groups to take action in the region. To learn more: