During the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last week, Teach For All participated in several events focused on advancing progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The 2018 UNGA events saw numerous world leaders committing to finding solutions, from financing education, to providing education in emergencies, to advancing girls’ education.
With the championship of the Education Commission, and along with the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, Results for Development, The Boston Consulting Group, and World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Teach For All co-authored and launched a new report on improving cross-border learning in education on September 24. The report, Investing in Knowledge Sharing to Advance SDG 4, builds on The Learning Generation report recommendation to develop a “global education ecosystem” and presents a fresh approach to understanding the value of exchanging ideas across the education sector, and proposes a set of key criteria to achieve effective knowledge sharing, derived from case studies and interviews, that funders and practitioners can use to make more effective investments in knowledge sharing.
The launch event hosted by Asia Society in New York was opened by Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society, and Liesbet Steer, Director of the Education Commission. Teach For All CEO and Co-founder Wendy Kopp moderated a panel discussion featuring Omidyar Network Investment Partner, Eliza Erikson; Global Partnership for Education Board Member, Randa Grob-Zakhary; Education Commissioner, Baela Raza Jamil; and the BHP Foundation’s Program Director, Education Equity (Global) and North America, Brodie Vansleve.
“We all have to do our part if we want to advance this vision,” Wendy noted, as she asked panelists to share specific ideas about what can be done right now to advance the knowledge sharing infrastructure necessary to achieve SDG 4. Lane McBride, Partner & Managing Director at BCG, further outlined that effective knowledge sharing relies on the integration of three key components: significant global public goods, catalytic capacity development, and purposeful networks, and that more and better investment is needed in these key areas. Education Commissioner, Amel Karboul, closed the program by reiterating that the work does not end here, and inviting the audience to think about how they can help maintain the momentum around the idea of a global education ecosystem and use it as a key model for knowledge sharing in their own funding and programming.