Two years later, Global Education Coalition partners reflect on innovations and opportunities for scaling – Global

UNESCO hosted the annual meeting of the Global Education Coalitionbringing together more than 150 partner organizations to exchange, identify potential collaborations and discuss future actions around the Coalition’s missions.

At the March 28 event, the partners spoke about the achievements of the Coalition, which was created in 2020 as COVID-19 forced schools around the world to close. Since then, the Coalition has become a hub of collaboration and innovation. In support of the online gathering, a brochure entitled Transforming Education Through Innovation — The Global Education Coalition Leading in Action was published, highlighting some of the actions of partners that are contributing to the transformation of education.

“This is indeed a Coalition rooted in values ​​of solidarity and fueled by incredible expertise in the service of education and innovation,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for ‘education.

“We must continue to bring different expertise and resources to the table, to support the rapidly evolving needs of Member States and achieve large-scale change,” she added.

The meeting included small group discussions around the Coalition’s four missions as well as announcements about new or upcoming initiatives, including:

  • Building on its initial objective – to equip one million young people with digital skills and employability – the Global Skills Academy aims to reach 10 million young people by 2029, with a focus on digital skills, economic empowerment and social inclusion.

  • the Global House of Learning will scale up through GLH Connect, a matchmaking tool developed to connect learners to educators and provide free educational resources.

  • Thanks to the maturation of its “training of trainers” models and the mobilization of new institutions providing free training, the Global Teacher Campus broadens the scope of its programs. A project to be launched next year, in partnership with Blackboard and colleagues in five English-speaking West African countries, will train some 13,000 teachers through the ImagineLearning platform.

  • As part of the Gender flagship, the Girls go back to school A guide on gender-responsive education sector planning will be rolled out. A new campaign focusing on getting girls back to school will also be launched in Southern and East African countries.

  • With technical support from KPMG and Microsoft, the Coalition launched a Microsoft Teams space to facilitate project collaboration and partner networking.

  • The Coalition is currently mobilizing in response to the call for support from the Ukrainian government. The right to education is at stake for around 6 million Ukrainian children (aged 3-17) and 1.5 million young people in higher education. Some 25 Coalition members have already offered support, such as translation of content and trainings for educators.

The conversation also turned to the Transforming Education Summitwhich will take place later this year during the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

Heather Johnston, Ericsson Group Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, urged other coalition members to support the summit’s success.

“The Coalition provides an excellent framework for coordinating efforts such as connectivity for education and skills for lifelong learning,” she said. “No one entity can do it alone, the private sector plays a central role in enabling quality education for all and all sectors of society must join forces to create inclusive, sustainable and scalable solutions.”

Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa, Director of UNESCO’s Education Division, also encouraged GEC members to contact TES with ideas or join work streams that will help set the direction for the Summit in September. . “We are really looking forward to having the active engagement of all GEC partners and members in the summit, starting with the pre-summit,” she said.