Childhood Education: Innovations special Education Diplomacy Issue (May 2018)

The May 2018 issue of Childhood Education: Innovations explores Education Diplomacy, illustrating that the time has arrived to embrace Education Diplomacy’s relevance for educators working at all levels. The issue is filled with examples by distinguished educators that show Education Diplomacy in action through trust-building, partnership, dialogue, shaping consensus, negotiation, cross-sectoral cooperation, and visionary leadership that have led to innovative education programs, services, and policies around the world.


We share three of the articles on this page.


Access the full issue online here.


"Bridge 47 - Building Global Citizenship"

by Rilli Lappalainen

Preparing young people to solve the world's greatest challenges is necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, as recognized in Target 4.7 for global citizenship. The Bridge 47 Network brings together different perspectives and approaches in values-based education to provide a forum to examine the skills and competencies needed to be world citizens. It serves to bridge often differing priorities and promote dialogue about global citizenship education in both formal and non-formal settings. Networks such as Bridge 47 are innovative models for Education Diplomacy. Read the Article.


"Using Education Diplomacy to Help 15 Learning Champions Rethink Educational Assessment"

by Kate Anderson

Learning assessment is essential for education systems to provide quality and equitable education. Education partners, both national and international, are supporting education systems around the world in their efforts to develop and implement holistic learning assessment strategies and mechanisms. In many cases, examining how learning is being measured and multi-stakeholder cooperation led to transformative changes in curriculum and skills development at the national level. These partnerships and collaborations for measuring learning rely on the principles of Education Diplomacy to agree upon and work toward their goals. Read the Article.


"A New Era for Education in the Global Development Agenda"

Aaron Benavot and Jordan Naidoo

As the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, UNESCO has been mandated to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda. Bringing expertise on education governance systems, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation,Drs. Benavot and Naidoo of UNESCO provide insight on the diplomatic interactions that took place to bring education to the forefront of the global development agenda and the coordination necessary to fulfill the vision of Sustainable Development Goal 4. Read the Article.


"Improving Reading and Numeracy Outcomes in Nigeria Through Strategic Trust Building"

By Mikailu Ibrahim, Nurudeen Lawal, and Fatimata Seye Sylla

Non-governmental development organizations working with local government and community partners are often challenged by conflicting understandings of education practice and learning due to social, cultural, and political factors. Building trust so that education programs are implemented in equal partnership with communities is vital for addressing these challenges and, ultimately, achieving positive learning outcomes for students. Read the Article.