ACEI’s Country Liaisons reflect on the 2017 Institute of the Center for Education Diplomacy

How did ACEI’s Country Liaisons benefit as a 2017 Institute of the Center for Education Diplomacy participant?

The 2017 Institute of the Center for Education Diplomacy took place on 20-22 April 2017 and brought together educators, education leaders, NGO professionals, and advocates representing diverse perspectives from the education sector and related fields. ACEI’s Country Liaisons joined other educators and advocates at the event to learn how to apply the skills of Education Diplomacy to advance education for children in their nations.      

“[The Institute] provided thought-provoking sessions [that] encouraged participants to think [of] themselves as diplomats and to show how they can shape their future growth as professionals as they . . . continue to expand their knowledge and skills in the area. Through different panel discussions, featured sessions, facilitated discussion with small-groups, I got a clear idea and understanding about the skills of Education Diplomacy – such as partnering, collaborating, building coalitions, developing networks, shaping agreement, building trust, negotiating, meditating, engaging in critical dialogue, and using the techniques of conflict resolution – which are not only helping to eliminate barriers to education and enhancing quality but also shaping a new agenda for education of children around the world. Education Diplomacy is an indispensable skill for educators today.”- Mahmuda Akhter, Executive Director of Institute of Child and Human Development

“In this critical time of exponential rising problems in the world, I feel that ACEI is a great way to educate about how Education Diplomacy [can help] early childhood organizations to be truly participatory global citizens working for a better world for everyone. Practitioners spoke with us about their personal experiences [demonstrating] how Education Diplomacy helps to boost [early childhood development] programs and . . . management. Some sessions created the opportunity [for me] to enhance my information and skills as well as learn more about the appropriate tools that would enable me to be more effective in Education Diplomacy work as a professional practitioner.” - Bishnu Bhatta, Director of Partnership for Sustainable Development in Nepal

In addition to exploring the concept of Education Diplomacy and examples of implementation, Institute participants also learned about the United Nations’ Global Development Agenda 2030, the UN goal for education, and how to build bridges between governments, civil society organizations, institutions of higher education, and the private sector to support and advance the education agenda for children.

To access the Institute virtually, which includes 20 hours of content from leaders and advocates in the education sector and related fields, register here.

To learn more about the Education Diplomacy skills that are vital to advancing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, begin the application for the Center for Education Diplomacy’s “Negotiation Skills for Education Diplomacy,” a 7-week online course offered in partnership with the DiploFoundation