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.” Two years since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a renewed sense of momentum around tackling the global education crisis that is hindering millions of children from attaining the education they deserve, and threatening progress and stability around the world. The 2017 UNGA events saw numerous world leaders committing to finding solutions, from financing education, to providing education in emergencies, to advancing girls’ education.
As part of the implementation of the Education Commission’s recommendation around investing in an “ecosystem” for education to support local capacity, promote cross-border learning, and the sharing of innovations, Teach For All co-hosted an event on September 18 entitled, “What Global Education Can Learn from Public Health: Strengthening a Global Ecosystem to Achieve Quality Education for All.” Discussions highlighted the lessons local and global education advocates and practitioners can learn from the successes and challenges of their health sector colleagues. The event was co-presented by the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, Teach For All, Results for Development, and the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, with support from Credit Suisse.
Wendy Kopp shared how her experiences at the national level with Teach For America and globally with Teach For All led her to realize that most issues education leaders around the world are addressing have similar root causes. "The silver lining is that local leaders could be learning so much from each other across borders,” she reflected. You can watch the full panel discussion here.