" What is the most pressing issue educators around the world face today? It's educating for a complex and fast changing world, where technology has transformed even the way we relate to each other."
Yaneth GIHA has more than 20 years of experience in the Colombian public and private sectors. She held the position of Minister of National Education of Colombia for almost 2 years until August 2018. Her main objectives in the ministerial post were to elevate the quality of education, promote education in citizenship and leadership, and close the existing inequality gaps between rural and urban areas of Colombia.
Before becoming Minister of Education, she was the General Director of Colciencias, the public institution in Colombia that leads the national system of Science, Technology and Innovation, for more than two years. She has also occupied several positions in the public sector, including Vice-minister of Defence, Director of Planning and Budgeting, and Director of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Defence. In the private sector, she acted as General Director of the Centre for Leadership and Director of Innovation of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce.
Yaneth GIHA holds an Economics degree from the Andes University in Colombia, as well as a Master's Degree in Political Science from Javeriana University and a Master's in War Studies from King's College London.
" We need to rethink the school curriculum, giving greater priority to those skills required for life in this new era -- creativity, team work, problem solving, communication, adequate use of technologies."
" Defining common objectives, putting programs into action and lining up agendas between stakeholders is absolutely necessary if we want future generations to have access to better education. Working as a team is the main challenge. "