Using Negotiation and Consensus Building to Advance Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Using Negotiation and Consensus Building to Advance Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Diplomacy skills of leveraging were key to securing the necessary mutual agreement to implement the ECD leadership program, which advanced both the education of government leaders and the education of children in their early childhood years. In addition to consensus building, which brought colleagues together to shape the proposal, negotiation skills in particular dominated the process.

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Cross-sectoral Partnerships for Leveraging Change for Early Childhood Services in Nicaragua

Through cross-sectoral partnerships, Dr. Young and the AACC helped community-based organizations and committees gain a space at the negotiating and decision-making table as Nicaragua’s government moved toward a more centralized provision of pre-natal and early childhood services. To do this, AACC facilitated skills workshops on negotiation, strategic planning, organizational development, social mapping, data collection, and proposal writing,  to help communities work effectively with local and national ministries. With these skills, they were able to enhance their Education Diplomacy engagement.  

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The G-20 and the G-7: Education Diplomacy on the Global Stage

The G-20 and the G-7: Education Diplomacy on the Global Stage

In 2017, Nicole Goldin of the Diplomatic Courier declared Education Diplomacy “an idea whose time has come.” With the Argentinian presidency of the G-20 declaring education a key priority and creating an Education Working Group, the G-20 Development Working Group setting Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a priority, and the G-7 pledging $2.9 million for girls’ education, 2018 might well be the year when Education Diplomacy has arrived.

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Using Negotiations to Solve Education Challenges and Achieve the SDGs

Using Negotiations to Solve Education Challenges and Achieve the SDGs

Education Diplomacy uses the skills of diplomacy to build relationships across sectors and stakeholders to solve education challenges. In particular, negotiation skills can be applied to leverage agreement on those solutions – “Leverage” being the core component of the 5L Education Diplomacy Process (see below). These skills are also foundational for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as Michele Ferenz, Senior Mediator of the Consensus Building Institute, explains. “Partnership and participation…are structured forms of negotiation [and] are a core part of the achievement of the SDGs.”

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Using Cross-Border Leadership and Networks to Influence National Policy and Implementation

Using Cross-Border Leadership and Networks to Influence National Policy and Implementation

Education Diplomacy uses the skills of diplomacy to bridge divides between sectors, diverse actors, and borders to address education challenges and move transformative education agendas forward. The practice of Education Diplomacy includes interactions that cultivate partnerships, create shared value, and shape consensus about mutually beneficial solutions that position education as a force for positive change in the world.

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CIES 2018 Gem: How does advocacy lead to successful Education Diplomacy interactions?

CIES 2018 Gem: How does advocacy lead to successful Education Diplomacy interactions?

Education Diplomacy ideally provides an opportunity for all voices to be heard at the table in making decisions or shaping agendas for education. However, the space for inclusive participation isn’t always open for those diplomatic interactions to happen – particularly for grassroots actors and youth. Advocacy creates opportunities for deeper diplomatic engagement to advance education so that those who are directly impacted by education challenges have a say in finding a solution.

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Five Education Diplomacy Takeaways From Global Partnership for Education's Financing Conference

Five Education Diplomacy Takeaways From Global Partnership for Education's Financing Conference

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a global funding mechanism and partnership process that solicits the financial support of nations in order to advance education. A GPE Financing Conference, hosted by the governments of Senegal and France, took place in Dakar on February 1-2. ACEI, as a member of a network of civil society organizations that support the work of GPE, was pleased to participate in the conference. Read our five takeaways from the experience.

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How Liberia Is Finding Solutions to Solve Its Education Challenges

How Liberia Is Finding Solutions to Solve Its Education Challenges

Education diplomacy is necessary to guide stakeholder processes toward ensuring education for all, establishing new policies and strategies, reaching agreements, and understanding a nation’s interest in providing education through public-private partnerships. Liberia's recent efforts to improve its failing education system provide a background for considering how education diplomacy can bring various stakeholders into discussions that would culminate in agreements to advance education for all.

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Advancing Early Childhood Development in Nepal Through Education Diplomacy

Advancing Early Childhood Development in Nepal Through Education Diplomacy

Meenakshi Dahal, illustrates how she used the skills of diplomacy to prioritize ECD programming and advance ECD policy in Nepal. She includes her perspective in working with both non-governmental organizations and government ministries. In order to gain trust and sustained support for the role and benefits of ECD for families in the community, Meenakshi actively built relationships through negotiation and by convening diverse stakeholders to the program. Through development of social capital, expertise, and the ability to forecast local and national needs, Meenakshi was therefore able to advance ECD more broadly in Nepal.  

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