Education summits this week in Washington and Doha

What to expect at the USAID Global Education Summit and at WISE 2015

This week global education leaders will gather in both the eastern and western hemispheres to discuss the greatest challenges and opportunities in achieving the new Global Goal for education. The USAID Global Education Summit will take place November 2 to 4 in Washington DC and the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will happen in Doha, Qatar from November 3 to 5.

The Global Partnership for Education will be present at both events, which will have a strong focus on the 2030 sustainable development agenda.  On November 2nd, GPE CEO Alice Albright will discuss accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned at the USAID Summit. On November 4th, GPE Board chair Julia Gillard will weigh in on the key role of quality education in achieving the vision of the 17 Global Goals.

We’ll share highlights on social media and through live blogs from both events. Here are some of the sessions we’re really excited about.

USAID Global Education Summit

November 2-4, 2015 | Washington, DC | Program

Hashtags and handles: @USAIDEducation, @USAID, #EndPoverty, #LetGirlsLearn, #GlobalGoals

GPE live blog

This summit will bring together a variety of global education stakeholders, including USAID education staff from missions around the world, representatives from the U.S. government, partner countries’ ministries of education, NGOs, think tanks, as well as thought leaders to review current best practices and demonstrate new and innovative approaches to global education.

Key Sessions

What we’ve learned: Accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned
November 2, 8:30am – 10:00am ET

Opening remarks: Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt –Acting Administrator, USAID

Keynote speakers: The Honorable Dina Joana Ocampo - Undersecretary of Education, Republic of the Philippines and His Excellency Maker Mwangu Famba - Minister of Primary, Secondary and Professional Education of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Panel Discussion: Alice Albright, Global Education Monitoring Report director Aaron Benavot, South Sudan Minister of Education Valentino Achak Deng, USAID Pakistan Education Director Natasha de Marcken will participate in the opening high-level panel. The discussion will review USAID progress in the sector as it relates to its 3 strategic goals: 1) All children reading; 2) Putting education to work; and 3) Education in conflict.

Quality education as a pathway out of poverty
November 2, 10:15am - 11:15am ET

Education quality is pivotal in breaking the cycle of poverty and social exclusion experienced by many around the world. The session will outline how quality learning outcomes result in greater sharing in the benefits of growing prosperity.

Speakers TBA

Beyond the Oslo Summit & INEE global consultation
November 2, 3:15pm - 4:30pm

A dialogue on critical funding and policy issues in Education in Emergencies. Panel presenters will share findings from the ODI paper: Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crisis: Towards a Strengthened Response, the INEE Consultation on Education in Emergencies, and review the current architecture for humanitarian intervention, coordination and political will for education in emergencies.

Education in crisis and conflict: Orientation and advice from the field
November 3, 10:15am - 11:15am

Education staff must work differently in conflict and crisis environments. The session will give an overview of conflict sensitivity as a crucial basis for adapting education programs to high risk contexts. It will also demonstrate how seasoned education field staff have designed and managed conflict-sensitive education programs in conflict and crisis environments.

Girls’ education? Seriously?? How about gender-transformative education?
November 3, 3:15pm - 4:30pm

This session takes a hard look at what has been done to integrate gender into education programming. It will present the issues and opportunities related to promoting gender equality and reducing gender-based violence through the three goals of USAID’s education strategy.

A look at the future: Education's role in achieving the Global Goals
November 4, 8:30am - 10:00am

Opening Remarks: Evelyn Rodriguez-Perez, Director, Office of Education, United States Agency for International Development and Christie Vilsack - Senior Advisor for International Education, United States Agency for International Development

Keynote Speaker: Linda Darling-Hammond - Faculty Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, Stanford University

High-level panelists: USAID Education Policy and Planning Team Lead Christine Veverka, World Bank Education Global Practice Director Amit Dar, DFID UK Education Policy Team Leader Anna French, USAID Office of Education Director Evelyn Rodriguez-Perez.

Peacebuilding in education
November 4, 10:15am - 11:15am

2015 has been a critical year in shaping the future of global governance. This session highlights key reforms, reviews and frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Landmark Peacebuilding reviews, Financing for Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the direct implications for the education in crisis and conflict sector.

2015 World Innovation Summit for Education: Investing for Impact 

November 3-5, 2015 | Doha, Qatar | Program

Hashtags and handles: @WISE_tweets, #WISE15 | Webcast

GPE live blog

The annual World Innovation Summit for Education is dedicated to innovation and creative action in in education. The summit gathers individuals from all fields of the public and private sectors, who together harness their expertise in order to share solutions to the challenges facing education today and tomorrow.

A key highlight of the summit is the announcement of the WISE Prize for Education laureate. The prize is awarded to an individual or a team in recognition of an outstanding contribution to education. The six WISE award-winning projects are also celebrated during the summit. 

Key Sessions

Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: Where do we start?
November 4, 10.00 - 11.00am UTC +0300

In a conversation moderated by journalist Mishal Husain, Julia Gillard and Girls not Brides Board Chair Mabel van Oranje will address how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals emphasize a need to address quality and equity in education.

Views differ on how to define "quality education", and how to identify the most effective policy tools to ensure equity. Can educators agree on the key components of quality? How should we measure and monitor improvement? What strategies best ensure inclusivity? Finally, how can we build popular support and the political will to fund these ambitious goals?

Education Above All Panel - Current education financing mechanisms and promising options November 4, 11:30am - 12.45pm UTC +0300

A panel of experts will discuss ways in which to break the cycle of poverty. They will examine current finance mechanisms, and compare existing demand and supply side financial innovations. Panelists include: Julia Gillard, Norwegian Refugee Council Education Technical Advisor Nadia Bernasconi, International Rescue Committee Country Director Louis Falcy, UNESCO Program Specialist Ichiro Miyazawa, and Results for Development Institute Consultant Claire Trainer.

Education, violence and armed conflict – From daunting challenge to effective response
November 5, 09:00am - 10:30am UTC +0300

What is the impact of armed conflict, violence and insecurity on education, and how can this impact be best addressed? A panel of experts will discuss these challenges with a view to identifying innovative solutions and effective responses. The importance of timely and reliable data for strengthening effective action is among the factors to be highlighted.

Early childhood education: The great equalizer?
November 5, 11.30am - 12.45pm UTC +0300

High quality early childhood education (ECE) has been shown to be crucial to students’ success in later stages of schooling and beyond. But despite increasing investment, early childhood education quality varies greatly. Panelists will discuss the evidence for the positive impact of ECE on equity and inclusion, and address how we can encourage ECE programs, especially those targeting the most vulnerable. 


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