At the Global Impact Conference 2022, held on December 1 in Nizhny Novgorod, Members of Impact Team 2050, Youth Advisory Council to ROSATOM's Director General Mr. Alexey Likhachev, presented a report with a vision for the future of education and their insightful recommendations.
In the report, titled Education X: Catalyst of the Future, Members of Impact Team 2050 presented their vision for the future of education as an important factor in the global transition to clean energy. The report includes an overview of existing educational models in different regions of the world, an analysis and evaluation of changes in youth preferences in the global media environment, and recommendations on improving the nuclear education model to meet the needs of the younger generation.
According to Impact Team 2050, education really matters for the future, especially for the future of nuclear energy. The team declares that there is now the largest generation of young people in the history with only 46% employed. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 70% of people are under the age of 30. It is only 32 countries operate nuclear power plants and the rest – 161 – don’t. That’s in the world where 2,5 billion people cook with wood. Members of Impact Team 2050 have also shared their related regional perspectives.
They believe that the humanity has all tools and advanced technologies that it needs in order to resolve the energy access problems but it turns out that the main problem the world faces is the lack of literacy along with a variety of misconceptions at all levels. In order to educate people on clean energy future, it is important to work with what the Impact Team calls 5P: Policymakers, Politicians, Public, Professionals and Press. Policy-makers should switch the paradigm — that is, focus on the economic risks from continued reliance on hydrocarbons.
Impact Team 2050 believes in increasing their impact through building a worldwide education ecosystem where Rosatom's competence centers can be evolved into public Knowledge Hubs accessible for all. This is along with an online platform connected to all centers around the world that provides necessary reports, workshops, training and expert advice. According to the Impact Team 2050, the first knowledge hub is already there and young people in the city of Nizhniy Novgorod have a common place to exchange ideas and learn more about atoms and how they can make people’s lives better.