During October’s IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru, Teach For All hosted a panel at the Civil Society Policy Forum highlighting the critical role leadership development must play in improving the quality of education around the world.
Moderated by CEO Wendy Kopp, the panel featured leaders in Latin America’s education, policy, and business sectors, including Peru’s Minister of Education, Jaime Saavedra; Luis Benveniste, Practice Manager for Global Engagement and Knowledge at the World Bank; Luis Enrique Garcia, Colombia’s former Vice Minister of Education and Co-founder of Enseña por Colombia; and Franco Mosso, Co-founder and CEO of EnseñaPeru.
Throughout the discussion, the panelists shared their experiences with educational interventions and innovations that succeeded in enabling children in high-need schools and communities to receive a quality education. Unanimously, they agreed that at the center of those efforts were committed leaders who deeply believe in the potential of all children and in the power of education to change lives.
The panelists also acknowledged that the role of leadership development in bringing excellence and equity to global education has not been sufficiently explored. “Leadership is sadly understudied and underestimated,” noted Luis Benveniste.
They also recognized a need to both make a long-term investment in leadership development and the structural changes necessary to empower leaders to act. Vice Minister Garcia made clear that “leadership development includes bringing the best people into the profession, but also developing their leadership over time.” While Franco Mosso underscored the need to reform the system so that leaders can quickly act when they see an opportunity to drive progress.
In a joint op-ed published this month, Putting Leadership on the Global Education Agenda, Wendy Kopp and Minister Saavedra argue, “If we are going to be successful in realizing quality learning for all, we need countries to mobilize and maximize their most precious resources—their human resources—toward this important end.”
Read the complete op-ed in The Huffington Post.