Investing in global knowledge sharing for our children

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It was just that time of year again when it is nearly impossible to travel east of 3rd Avenue in midtown New York. But much more than a commuter’s headache, these few days each September represent the annual gathering of world leaders to take stock of progress made and (re)commit to action in addressing global crises and challenges. Not least of these is the status of educating our children for the future. 

A new report recently published by the Education Commission, Investing in Knowledge Sharing to Achieve SDG 4—and written by the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, Results for Development, Teach For All, The Boston Consulting Group, and World Innovation Summit for Education—outlines actions to advance and sustain progress toward Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. This goal revolves around the global community’s commitment to achieve quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030. A headline message in this new report is that how resources are allocated is just as important as the amount of resources available for global education—a key finding echoed in the Learning Generation report. One way to do this, the report argues, is through cross-border knowledge-sharing. Evidence and data alone are not enough; there is also a need to invest in infrastructure that enables knowledge creation and sharing. The authors go on to highlight three key elements that need effective investment: global public goods, capacity development, and networks. They argue, “these components create an integrated infrastructure that allows actors to leverage insights from one place to use in another, helping confront common challenges and accelerate global progress in the education sector.”
At the Center for Universal Education (CUE), we couldn’t agree more. These concepts have been at the core of CUE’s work for many years. What do these three inter-related elements look like in practice?
1. More and better investments …

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