2017 Institute of the
Center for Education Diplomacy

Education Diplomacy and the 2030 Global Development Agenda:
Building Bridges for Children’s Education

20-22 April 2017
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel • Washington, DC, USA

 

Overview

This year’s institute will focus on how acts of diplomacy—using skills such as partnering, collaborating, building coalitions, developing networks, shaping agreements, negotiating, mediating, engaging in critical dialogue, and using the techniques of conflict resolution—are helping to eliminate barriers to education and shaping a new agenda for the education of children around the world.

The use of diplomatic skills to advance education (also known as education diplomacy) has been shown to result in highly productive and dynamic relationships both within the education community and with other sectors and disciplines, such as health, social services, technology, media, business, trade, and finance. These new relationships can lead to innovative and better ways of promoting, designing, and delivering education.

Building bridges of understanding can also help to advance critical issues in education, such as workforce development, 21st century skills, global citizenship, early childhood education, access to education, quality of education, education in emergencies, girls education, testing and assessment, and financing for education, as well as many other significant issues.

 
 
 

Institute Goals

The Institute is a 3-day learning event. Educators, education leaders, and advocates representing diverse perspectives from the education sector and related fields will:

  • Learn about the United Nations’ Global Development Agenda 2030.
  • Examine the UN goal for education and learn how it will positively impact children’s education around the world.
  • Explore education diplomacy as a vehicle for promoting and advancing quality education for all children and explore concrete examples of education diplomacy in action
  • Learn how to build bridges between governments, civil society organizations, institutions of higher education, and the private sector to support and advance the education agenda for children.
  • Explore core skills of education diplomacy, such as engaging in effective relationships, negotiating and mediating, building partnerships, and finding innovative solutions to education challenges.

Speakers

Tentatively scheduled to present at the 2017 Institute

Ana Rold,
Diplomatic Courier
Northeastern University

Ana Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier, a global media network that connects the global publics to leaders in international affairs, diplomacy, and social good. She is also the Founder of a corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global LLC, that provides business leaders with reports on the political and economic situations of countries around the world, specializing in conflict-prone or conflict-afflicted countries. Since 2009, Rold has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual leadership publications of the G7 (formerly the G8), G20/B20, and APEC Summits. She is currently teaching Comparative Politics and Political Science at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. At Northeastern, she has also served as Director of the Cyprus Program and co-Director for the Egypt Program for Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations Initiative.

Ana Rold received a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on the negotiation of Peace Treaties and Alternative Dispute Resolution at American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Education Diplomacy, member of the National Press Club (NPC), and a Member of the Council of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in Washington, DC.

Clementina Acedo,
Webster University

Clementina Acedo is the Director of Webster University’s Geneva campus, an accredited American university based in Switzerland offering degrees taught in English. Before joining Webster University in 2014, Acedo served as Director of United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva, where she co-developed two regional master’s programs in Africa and Latin America.

Prior to working at the IBE, Acedo was a professor of international comparative education and philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Other duties at the University included serving as Director of the Institute for International Education, serving on the advisory committee of the Center for Latin American Studies, and acting as the principal investigator of a USAID-financed research project on secondary education reforms.

Acedo has a doctorate in International Education, a master’s in philosophy, and a master’s in international education, all from Stanford University. She earned an undergraduate degree in sociology from the Catholic University Andres Bello in Venezuela.

 

María José Pineda Garín, PrepaTec/Tec de Monterrey

Katharina Hone, DiploFoundation

Hindolo Pokawa, Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy

Patrick Makokoro, Nhaka Foundation

Mahmuda Akhter, Institute of Child and Human Development

Adefunke Ekine, Tai Solarin University of Education

Matthew Clark, Pyxera Global

Lisa Petro, Know My World

Athanasius Ayuk, Embassy of Cameroon

Fanta Aw, American University

Michele Ferenz, Consensus Building Institute

Christina Ting Kwauk, Brookings CUE

Jennifer Rigg, Global Campaign for Education-US

Lisa Schechtman, WaterAid

Leeanne Dunsmore, American University/US State Department

Anders Hedberg, Hedberg Consulting

Saul Garlick, Unleesh

Nicole Goldin, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Program Agenda

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

2:00-6:30 pm — Registration  
6:00-8:00 pm — 125th Anniversary Reception

Thursday, 20 April 2017

7:30 am-5:00 pm — Registration/Information Area  
8:30-10:30 am — Opening Session and Panel Discussion: "Building Bridges to 2030," ACEI; Jennifer Rigg, GCE-US; Lisa Schechtman, WaterAid; Christina Ting Kwauk, Brookings-CUE; Hindolo Pokawa, Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy
10:30-11:00 am — Networking Break  
11:00 am-12:30 pm — Featured Session: "Consensus Building for Sustainable Development Success," Michele Ferenz, Consensus Building Institute  
12:30-1:30 pm — Lunch (on your own)  
1:45-3:00 pm — Facilitated Discussion With Small-Group Exercise: "The Education Diplomacy Model," Phoebe Farag
3:00-3:30 pm — Networking Break
3:30-5:00 pm — General Session (Keynote and Panel): "Bridges, Not Walls: The New Age of Diplomacy," Ana Rold, Diplomatic Courier; Katharina Höne, DiploFoundation; Saul Garlick, Unleesh; Athanasius Ayuk, Embasssy of Cameroon

Friday, 21 April 2017

7:30 am-5:00 pm — Registration/Information Area  
9:00-10:30 am — General Session (Keynote and Panel): "Advancing National Education Systems," Clementina Acedo, Webster University; Patrick Makokoro, Nhaka Foundation; Mahmuda Akhter, Institute of Child and Human Development; Adefunke Ekine, Tai Solarin University of Education
10:30-11:00 am — Networking Break  
11:00 am-12:30 pm — Featured Session: "Cross-Sectorial Partnerships for Education and the SDGs," Matthew Clark, Pyxera Global
12:30-1:30 pm — Lunch (on your own)  
1:45-3:15 pm — Roundtable Discussions  
3:15-3:45 pm — Networking Break  
3:45-5:15 pm — Roundtable Discussions

Saturday, 22 April 2017

7:30 am-5:00 pm — Registration/Information Area  
9:00-10:30 am — General Session (Featured Panel): "Internationalization of Education," Fanta Aw, American University; María José Pineda Garín, PrepaTec/Tec de Monterrey; Lisa Petro, Know My World; Leeanne Dunsmore, American University
10:30-11:00 am — Networking Break  
11:00 am-12:30 pm — Facilitated Discussion With Small-Group Exercise: "Education Diplomacy Skills," Katharina Höne, DiploFoundation
12:30-1:30 pm — Lunch (on your own)  
1:45-3:15 pm — General Session (Keynote and Panel): "Global Trends of Education," Ana Rold, Diplomatic Courier; Anders Hedberg, Hedberg Consulting; Nicole Goldin, Center for Strategic and International Studies
3:15-3:45 pm — Closing Session  
Institute ends

 

Roundtable Presentations

Education Diplomacy roundtable presentations will focus on Research, Policy, Programs, and Initiatives that speak to the theme of Education Diplomacy and the 2030 Global Development Agenda: Building Bridges for Children’s Education.

Each presenter (and one co-presenter, if needed) will have 15-20 minutes to present at their table to the seated attendees. There may be 2-3 presentations at one table.

The Roundtable Presentation Application deadline has passed. Please contact institute@acei.org if you have questions about involvement in the Institute.