Achieving Quality Early Childhood Care and Education for All Through Education Diplomacy

Achieving Quality Early Childhood Care and Education for All Through Education Diplomacy

From an education diplomacy perspective, quality ECCE involves understanding and building upon the local context and connecting local initiatives to national, regional, and international networks. It also includes influencing policy at all levels and supporting the use of domestic and international resources toward culturally relevant and inclusive ECCE programming that reaches marginalized communities and groups.

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Education Diplomacy at the UN General Assembly 2018

                                   Education Diplomacy at the UN General Assembly 2018

The focus on education at the global level continues to increase, and the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York was no exception. The Association for Childhood Education International’s Center for Education Diplomacy participated in several key events that demonstrated the need for Education Diplomacy to achieve the Global Goals.

 

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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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