UNESCO hosted the annual meeting of the Global Education Coalition, which brought together more than 150 partner organizations to exchange ideas, identify potential collaborations and discuss actions to be taken to fulfill the Coalition’s missions.
During this March 28 event, the partners reflected on the achievements of the coalition formed in 2020 when COVID-19 forced schools around the world to close. Since then, the coalition has evolved into a hub for collaboration and innovation. A brochure entitled Transforming Education through Innovation – the Global Education Coalition in Action was published to support this online meeting. It highlights some of the actions of partners contributing to the transformation of education.
“It is indeed a coalition rooted in values of solidarity and watered by an incredible expertise in the service of education and innovation,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Deputy Director General for Education.
“We must continue to offer diverse expertise and resources to meet the rapidly changing needs of member states and achieve large-scale transformations,” she added.
The meeting broke into discussion groups dedicated to the coalition’s four missions and announced new or forthcoming initiatives, including:
- In line with its original goal of empowering 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 autonomy and social inclusion.
- The Global Learning House is enhanced by GLH Connect, a tool designed to connect learners with educators and provide free educational resources.
- The Global Teachers Campus is expanding the reach of its programs as its “train the trainer” models mature and mobilize new institutions that offer free training. A project, scheduled to launch next year in partnership with Blackboard and colleagues from five English-speaking West African countries, will train approximately 13,000 teachers through the ImagineLearning platform.
- As part of the Gender Flagship program, the ‘Girls Come First’ guide to gender-sensitive planning in the education sector will be launched. A new campaign focused on getting girls back to school is also being launched in southern and east African countries.
- With technical support from KPMG and Microsoft, the coalition has established a Microsoft Teams space to facilitate project collaboration and partner networking.
- The coalition is currently mobilizing to respond to the Ukrainian government’s appeal. At stake are the right to education of some 6 million Ukrainian children (aged 3 to 17) and 1.5 million young people in higher education. Some 25 coalition members have already offered support, such as B. Translation of content and training for educators.
Discussions also focused on the Education Transformation Summit to be held later this year to mark the 77the United Nations General Assembly.
Heather Johnston, Ericsson Group’s vice president of sustainability and corporate responsibility, urged the other members of the coalition to work towards the success of the summit.
“The coalition provides an excellent framework for coordinating efforts such as connectivity for education and lifelong learning skills,” she said. “No one can do this alone, the private sector plays a central role in ensuring quality education for all, and all sectors of society should join forces to create inclusive, sustainable and scalable solutions. »
Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa, director of UNESCO’s Education Department, also encouraged coalition members to turn to the Education Transformation Summit to offer ideas or join working groups that will help set the direction for September’s summit. “We very much hope that all coalition partners and members will actively support the summit, starting with the pre-summit,” she said.