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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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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