Education Diplomacy - Call for Papers

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is leading a collaborative effort to shape, through workshops and publications, the emerging concept of education diplomacy. ACEI recognizes the need to employ sensitivity, insight, and knowledge—the skills of diplomacy—to develop beneficial, progressive, and sustainable solutions to education challenges. Education has a profound impact on the social and economic well-being of individuals, communities, and nations. Global education diplomacy will be required to ensure that the importance of education is recognized worldwide and to ensure that education provides a positive benefit to all children. Through the skills of education diplomacy, we can communicate effectively and respectfully across disciplines and borders to exchange knowledge and promote best practices and effective education policy. Read more about education diplomacy here.

We are seeking submissions for a series of papers that explore various definitions of global education diplomacy, and its potential role and significance in education communities for achieving the political and social change necessary to meet the goal of improving education locally while strengthening international relations.

Although ACEI focuses on childhood, papers may address the effects of education diplomacy on a broader spectrum—from childhood through adulthood.

Manuscript Focus

Papers should be written from the understanding that, as global education diplomacy is an evolving concept, definitions will be fluid and diverse. Authors may address the following:
Recognition of increasing globalization, and its implications for education policy, practice, funding, and systems
• Current understanding of best diplomatic practices, and how they can be employed to improve education in both local and global arenas
• The stakeholders and actors who will be employing and affected by global education diplomacy efforts
• International and local education policy goals that can and should be addressed through diplomacy
• Importance of advocating for education outside of the education field/setting, and how global education diplomacy will facilitate such efforts
International concepts/policies and local practices that can be shaped in a progressive and culturally aligned direction through the exercise of education diplomacy
• Diplomatic ways to share and request information about effective practices
• How education diplomacy efforts can serve to bolster peace and global security
• Examples of how education diplomacy efforts have resulted in improvements to education
• How the understanding of human rights and the associated right to education can be communicated and advanced through diplomacy
• The importance of prioritizing education as a critical component of social and economic development.

Manuscripts should range from 2,000 to 3,000 words.

Articles may be selected for publishing in ACEI journals and/or on the ACEI website.

For further information and to submit manuscripts, contact Anne Bauer at