Rebecca Winthrop | November 30, 2012
Source: Brookings Institute
As the U.S. public anxiously monitors the impending fiscal cliff, good things are quietly happening in the field of global education. Last week, at the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) meeting at UNESCO in Paris, the board decided to allow funds to be dispersed for educating children trapped in humanitarian contexts.
For the first time, the world’s only global fund for education will be able to rapidly support interventions for children and youth struggling to continue their education during and immediately after emergencies.
This is very good news for an organization that was founded 10 years ago to support education in good performing countries and in recent years has been heavily criticized for not supporting education in humanitarian contexts and fragile states, where almost half the world’s children who are out of school live.
GPE has been slowly evolving and with this recent decision has clearly embraced its new vision of helping educate all children and youth, particularly those who are most marginalized.
This is not the only good news on the global education front. There have been a remarkable number of new developments in global education this fall.
Perhaps the most visible was the launch of Education First, a new global education initiative of the United Nations secretary general. This five-year initiative aims to do three things: put every child in school; improve the quality of learning; and foster global citizenship.
The initiative provides a welcome broadening of the vision of global education that had previously been championed by the secretary general. For the past 12 years, the main message coming out of the top UN leadership had been to enroll all girls and boys in primary school, as is called for in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
However, many have criticized the MDGs for being too narrowly focused on primary education (after all secondary education and early childhood are equally important). There has also been major criticism that the MDGs do not address the fact that even if you get children into school they are rarely mastering the foundation, life and citizenship skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.
This new vision includes a necessary last push on meeting the MDGs (something for which recent trend data paints a pessimistic picture) and most importantly a vision for what the global education agenda should look like after the MDGs deadline of 2015.
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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.Thomas was recently selected for membership in the Comunidad de Innovación Escolar of the Foundation Telefónica and Foundation Educación 2020. It is a network that brings together education professionals concerned with developing and strengthening the capacities of their educational communities through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Thomas is also a past member (2011-2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty eight (48) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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