My wish for 2021

What a year it has been? When reading the media headlines, one might come to a conclusion that this has been the worst since World War II.

We had a Unicef virtual conference few weeks back summarising 2020 activities and hearing the latest news related to our planet from children's perspective through their stories. The last keynote speaker was Ishmael Beah, who served as a child soldier at age 12-16 in Sierra Leone civil war. I liked his takeaway from "Annus horribilis 2020" to 2021.

He suggested that we should in minimum re-visit but hopefully even re-live 2020 during 2021.

Despite the sorrow and chaos 2020 has been in many ways a game changing year. We have never been this agile, bent the rules and question our ways of working...to survive personally and professionally. Old rules where flushed down the toilet in few months and new ones had to be invented. Many of us had to connect with values and act accordingly. Me, myself and I was transformed to WE. We wanted to connect and contribute for the new normal.


In 2021 there is no way going back to old way of doing. The new normal is here and the ones that can not adapt will be soon gone. Even the educational system had to adapt. We took a digital and hybrid learning leap in half a year instead of half a decade. But even with this rapid halt of travelling we were not able to reach the goals needed to stop climate change to save our planet.

So the question is, what do you want and must take with you from 2020 to 2021?