The G20 is to be presided over by India from December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2023. The G20 summit is scheduled to take place in New Delhi in September 2023. During this time, the heads of state and government will discuss the actions and developments made to accomplish the summit’s objectives. The honourable prime minister of India will deliver the presidential address, and it is expected that he will offer some fresh suggestions for the G20 nations in the years to come. The focus of the Education Working Group’s (G20 EWG) 2023 two days of discussions is on ways to guarantee all people have access to inclusive, egalitarian, relevant, and high-quality education as well as possibilities for lifelong learning, all within the context of the theme “One Earth, One Family, One Future.”
What is G20?
The G20 is a meeting of the world’s leading developed and developing countries. The 19 countries or states that make up the group include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United States, and the UK. Other States, Governments, and international institutions including the World Bank, United Nations (UN), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are welcome to attend the G20 conference in addition to these countries. More than 80% of the world’s GDP, 75% of commerce, and 60% of the world’s population are produced by the G20 countries.
The G20 summit was created in 1999 to address the financial and economic issues facing the world, but it has subsequently expanded its purview to include other goals. Other goals of the forum include trade, combating corruption, sustainable development, energy, the environment, and climate change. The Financial Component and the Sherpa Component make up the G-20’s work. Additional working groups from these states or governments are centred on these two primary challenges.
Vision Towards Empowering Education
- If India can play its cards properly with G-20 partner countries, soft areas like education and skills may benefit the most. It not only gives India the chance to work with other G-20 members, such as the United States and the European Union region, to share the best tech-enabled educational modules for instruction and skill development. Additionally, it urges India to upgrade its educational program to match international standards to serve as a hub for education for many other nations. India can make use of the chance presented by holding the G-20 presidency to establish significant educational cooperation networks with many nations for academic collaboration, curriculum sharing, and scholarly exchange.
- Additionally, it presents India with a wonderful chance to highlight its accomplishments in the field of talent. Skills and education could serve as India’s new diplomatic engines in its efforts to improve ties with G-20 nations including the US, Australia, Japan, and South Korea, with which it has close diplomatic and strategic ties. Diplomatic ties that are based on education and talents provide an ongoing possibility for relationships between nations and between individuals. It will support the narrative about the new, emerging India among developing economies throughout the globe. Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed it was an urgent requirement.
- India’s message about its new image needs to be shared, and that may be done by inviting numerous researchers and students to the country as well as by sending its skilled youth to work in other G-20 countries. PM Modi had a vision for skilling India as a substitute for conventional high school for millions of young people.
- Union Minister for Education and Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan says his ministries have used the G-20 presidency as an opportunity to present India’s template for education, which can be a global model for all emerging economies. He sees the G-20 as a crucial opportunity to show the world the advancements India has made. Education is one of the G-20’s top priorities. The G-20 summit being hosted by India provides an additional chance to showcase the country’s achievements in the field of education, particularly those made possible by the rollout of National Education Policy 2020.