The 2023 Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference will take place on February 14-22 in Washington, DC. This year, the conference theme is "Improving Education for a More Equitable World".
For too many children around the world, access to a quality education is still a dream, not a reality. The latest figures from UNESCO show 244 million children and youth out of school, and many more are in school but not acquiring the skills they need to thrive.
Access to a quality education is one of the eight priorities of GPE’s strategy and one of our principles is to focus our resources on securing learning, equity and inclusion for the most marginalized children and youth, including those affected by fragility and conflict.
This year, the GPE Secretariat has been invited to contribute to and participate in several sessions, such as panels on systems approaches in education, civil society in education and girls’ education.
GPE is also organizing two panels:
Climate-smart planning – Where are we and what more is needed to strengthen resilience of education systems?
- Tuesday, February 21, 9:30 to 11:00am ET
- Grand Hyatt Washington, Floor: Independence Level (5B), Franklin Square
This panel drills down on climate-smart planning as a critical part of addressing the impacts of climate change in and through education systems, including strengthening their resilience to climate change. A climate-smart planning approach, which mainstreams adaptation and mitigation efforts into education plans and strategies, budgets and data and monitoring systems, empowers education authorities, schools and communities to prevent, prepare for and mitigate climate hazards.
Leaving no one behind: Ensuring equitable finance for all children to learn
- Wednesday, February 22, 9:45 to 11:15am ET
- Grand Hyatt Washington, Floor: Constitution Level (3B), Constitution C
This panel will include three papers on equity in domestic and international financing; each of them will unfold the topic through a particular angle: a synthesis of available evidence with a cross-country comparative lens, a deeper dive into country experiences in education finance reforms, and an observation of financing education in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenters include representatives from the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports, the African Population and Health Research Center, and the GEM Report.