The Caspian Week is grateful to the Phillips Academy for allowing us to use their noble Motto for our week in 2018 in the context of how important early collaboration between the different stakeholders is for achieving a successful outcome. Today we take universal access to information as granted. However, this has not always been so. A quick excursion into the past helps us to understand and value the privilege to learn a universal language of numbers, words and to think independently, experiment-, exchange- and question exiting thought.
Mobile telephony and cheap access to international data opened up radical new markets for education. Today, everybody with a computer and smart phone can learn from such online educational platform such as the Khan Academy for free. However, with the new gained possibility of universal distribution come also a possible danger of abuse and a new form of information distortions with the possibility of indoctrination of thoughts against humanity at large. Also, a perceived universal access to education seems to marginalize the access to higher Western quality education due to cost leaving many in debt for years to come. The United Nations have defined Goal 4 to promote inclusive-, quality education and a motivate life long learning.