Global Education Coalition

A multi-sector Coalition to protect the right to education during unprecedented disruption from response to recovery #LearningNeverStops
Members of the Coalition represent a wide range of expertise and competencies
Currently involved in 233 projects across 112 countries impacting 400 million learners and 12 million teachers
New actors are essential to respond to the multifaceted challenges of the education sector

200 Coalition Members

A new model

As the pandemic revealed and amplified inequalities in education, UNESCO quickly mobilized support to ensure the continuity of learning around the world by establishing the Global Education Coalition in March 2020. This multi-sector Coalition brings together 175 institutional partners from the UN family, civil society, academia, and the private sector working around three central flagships: Connectivity, Teachers and Gender EqualityThe Coalition uses a mission approach to achieve large-scale targets and as a way to operationalize actions: Global Skills Academy, Global Teacher Campus, and Global Learning House.


Flagships

Making universal connectivity a reality
Empowering teachers and protect their status
Closing gender inequalities in education

Missions

Aims to equip 1 million youth with employability skills
Aims to help 1 million learners benefit from remedial learning in STEAM
Aims to provide 1 million teachers with remote learning skills
Innovations and opportunities for scale up
Reflections by Global Education Coalition partners

UNESCO hosted the annual meeting of the Global Education Coalition, bringing together more than 150 partner organizations to exchange ideas, identify potential collaborations and discuss future actions around the Coalition’s missions.

During the event on 28 March 2022, partners reflected on the achievements of the Coalition, which was established in 2020 as COVID-19 forced schools around the world to close their doors. Since then, the Coalition has become a hub for collaboration and innovation. In support of the online gathering, a brochure entitled Transforming Education through Innovation -- The Global Education Coalition Leading in Action was published, highlighting just some of the partner actions that are contributing to the transformation of education.

“This is indeed a Coalition anchored in values of solidarity and irrigated by incredible expertise at the service of education and innovation,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.

“We must continue to bring different expertise and resources to the table, to support the rapidly evolving needs of Member States and achieve change at scale,” she added.

The meeting included break out discussions around the Coalition’s four missions as well as announcements regarding new or upcoming initiatives, including:

  • Building on its initial objective - to equip one million youth with digital and employability skills – the Global Skills Academy aims to reach 10 million youth by 2029, with a focus on digital skills, economic empowerment and social integration.

  • The Global Learning House will scale up its actions through GLH Connect, a match making tool developed to connect learners with educators and provide no-cost educational resources.

  • Through the maturing of its 'training of trainers' models and the mobilization of new institutions who provide no-cost trainings, the Global Teachers Campus is scaling the reach of its programmes. One project which will launch in the coming year, in partnership with Blackboard and colleagues in five English speaking West African countries, will train some 13,000 teachers through the ImagineLearning platform.

  • Under the Gender flagship, the Girls Back to School guide on gender responsive education sector planning will be rolled out. A new campaign focused on getting girls back to school will also launch in Southern African and East African countries.

  • With technical support from KPMG and Microsoft, the Coalition has launched a Microsoft Teams space to facilitate project collaboration and partner networking.

  • The Coalition is currently mobilizing in response to the Ukrainian government’s appeal for support. The right to education is at stake for approximately 6 million Ukrainian children (3-17 age) and 1.5 million youth in higher education. Some 25 Coalition members have already offered support, such as content translation and trainings for educators.

The conversation also looked ahead to the Transforming Education Summit, which will take place later this year during the 77th UN General Assembly.

Heather Johnston, Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group, urged other Coalition members to support the success of the Summit.

“The Coalition provides an excellent setting to coordinate efforts such as connectivity for education and skills for lifelong learning,” she said. “No one entity can do this on their own, the private sector plays a pivotal role to enable quality education for all and all sectors of society should join forces to create inclusive, sustainable and scalable solutions.”

Maki Katsuno-Hayashikawa, Director for UNESCO’s Division for Education, also encouraged GEC members to reach out to the TES with ideas or join work streams that will help set the direction for the Summit in September. “We are really looking forward to having the active engagement of all the GEC partners and members in the summit, starting with the pre-summit,” she said.

#Learningneverstops

Our time
We are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19 – we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe and to enhance resilience of every society and every family. School closures are part and parcel of the increasingly stringent measures taken by governments to contain the spread of the virus. Today, 1.2 billion students and youth in 124 countries are affected by school and university closures. The responsibility of education is to keep learning processes for all learners and leave no one behind.
Our mission
We are committed to maintaining educational equity and inclusion as governments seek to provision teaching and learning opportunities to students through alternative means during periods of school closures. School closures have a long history of exacerbating learning inequities and hurting the most vulnerable children and youth disproportionately. This coalition is dedicated to working with governments to find solutions to leave no one behind and elevate the importance of equity and gender equality in educational responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Our coalition
We are United Nations agencies, international organizations, private sector, civil society representatives actively engaged in advancing COVID-19 Education Response from around the world are joining forces to provide expertise, strategic direction, resources and leadership, and engage at global, regional and countries levels.
Our commitments
We commit collectively to: - Advocate and mobilize to bring actors and resources on board for an effective and unified response; - Coordinate among ourselves to maximize impact of interventions and avoid overlap with a view to reaching the most disadvantaged and those at risk of being excluded during this crisis; - Match national needs and global solutions by brining global and local (national) partners together for effective and immediate solutions addressing connectivity and content challenges; - Offer free and secure technological solutions to countries by providing radio, television and online digital tools and learning management solutions where national digitalized education resources can be uploaded and learning processes organized for use by schools, learners, teachers and parents. Such facilities ensure that countries have control over the development of courses, recommended resources, platforms aligned to national curricula and security and privacy of learners and teachers.

How the Coalition Works

step 1
Match
on-the-ground needs with local and global solution
step 2
Mobilize
actors and resources to develop effective and unified responses
step 3
Coordinate
action to maximize impact and avoid overlap and reach the disadvantaged
step 4
Provide
distance education, leveraging hi-tech, low tech and no tech approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the obligations of Coalition members?
Members commit to: (a) supporting one or more of the Coalition’s three objectives, (b) responding to UNESCO requests, and (c) working cooperatively with other Coalition members to ensure impactful and coordinated responses at the global, regional, and country levels.
How does my organization join the Coalition?
If your organization would like to join the Coalition and can make commitments to advance progress toward one or more of the Coalition’s objectives, please send an email to globalEDcoalition@unesco.org. In your message, please explain, in detail, what strengths your organization would bring to the Coalition and what it can do to support the education response to COVID-19, taking account of Coalition priorities.
Can education stakeholders make direct requests to Coalition members?
No, requests should be directed through national authorities to UNESCO. This will help ensure a coordinated response and active engagement of countries and ministries of education.
How does the Coalition decide where to deploy assistance and resources?
Decisions about how and where to deploy assistance are based on three factors: (a) country needs on the ground, (b) the resources of Coalition members, and (c) the potential for impact with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups. UNESCO assesses all requests received from countries and works to match them with commitments and offers of assistance from Coalition members. All deployments are demand-driven.
What is the role of governments in the Coalition?
Governments can request assistance from the Global Coalition via formal correspondence to UNESCO. Governments wishing to support Coalition objectives or flagships should contact the UNESCO Secretariat.
What happens to the Coalition when schools reopen?
The Coalition will remain vibrant and active. Two of the three Coalition objectives are relevant when schools reopen. Coalition members will help ensure a full and equitable return to school and, beyond this, build the resilience of education and training systems for the future. Coalition members, depending on their commitments, will continue helping countries and other stakeholders apply lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as carry forward investments made during the crisis in line with Sustainable Development Goal #4.
What is UNESCO’s relationship to the Global Education Coalition?
UNESCO founded the Coalition and set its objectives and priorities. The Coalition is an agile platform with open coordination methods. UNESCO’s role is to broker and facilitate cooperation, build synergies and match country needs with the contributions and services of Coalition members.
How is the Coalition assuring the security and privacy of student data when shifts to distance learning are required?

All members of the Global Coalition for Education Response to COVID-19 have also committed to an ethic of do no harm in their treatment of data related to learning. UNESCO has also encouraged them to adhere to four principals protect learner information, privacy and security