The Institute is supporting governments to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on young people’s education and rebuild systems based on the latest evidence and technology. The Institute will provide online education solutions to help young people become global citizens, building empathy across boundaries and challenging misinformation, in a safe environment.
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
International or regional organization
Established : 2016
Education and COVID-19 Response
Generation Global enhances connectivity between students and teachers through technology.
Our resources support educators and young people to interactively engage remotely, either during lockdowns or through continuing to provide blended learning opportunities during recovery phases.
Our teacher training offers five core skills of dialogue – global communication, active listening, critical thinking and identity awareness, asking questions and self-reflection – that can transform teaching styles and empower teachers to engage students in dialogue.
Our digital resources and expert-produced briefings give teachers the tools for safely connecting students in dialogue on difficult topics like extremism and hate speech. These skills are particularly needed now, with young people spending more time online than before and in need of skills that help them think critically and connect constructively with their peers.
Our new student-centred resources will be inclusive for students of different backgrounds and abilities and accessible in low bandwidth environments.
Countries of Interest
Kenya, Jordan, India, Colombia, Indonesia
The Institute’s international education programme, Generation Global, works in over 30 countries to support young people aged 11 to 17 to embrace their future, equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become active, global and open-minded citizens.
In response to COVID-19, we are developing an online student-centred pathway where students can learn the skills of dialogue and can practice these skills outside the classroom with their global peers using online dialogue spaces. We provide teachers with briefings on topics such as extremism and hate speech and facilitate global dialogue spaces for educators to learn from one another.
We have partnered with seven governments and our resources are recognised as best practice by the UK Department for Education, UNESCO and the Brookings Institute.
More broadly, the Institute’s mission to equip leaders and governments has been dedicated to the global pandemic response.
Our Government Advisory Practice directly supports leaders on crisis response and recovery planning, including education provision.
Our Policy Futures unit delivers analysis and advice to governments to help countries mitigate socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic in the immediate and longer term, and to harness technology to respond and rebuild back stronger education systems.