The World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid is preparing an initiative called ‘Education for Shared Societies’, to be developed in partnership with the Varkey Foundation, and counting with their support. The overall objective of this new area is to channel the collective knowledge of multiple stakeholders, WLA-CdM Members and experts, towards a set of policy proposals highlighting education as a tool for building inclusive and peaceful communities from a Shared Societies perspective.
Its main outcome is expected to be a clear and strong Call to Action on Education for Shared Societies, seeking to mobilize political will to generate action in this context.
The kick-off of this initiative – the Experts Task Force Meeting - was held in Dubai on March 16, just prior to the Global Education and Skills Forum 2018 (17-18 March) with the participation of WLA-CdM Members Joyce Banda (former President of Malawi), Luis Alberto Lacalle (former President of Uruguay), Zlatko Lagumdzija (former PM of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Iveta Radicova (former PM of Slovakia).
This activity served as a brainstorming to fine tune the work going forward, identify possible stakeholders and participants in the process and define both expected deliverables and a 'landing pad', so that the process can contribute to transformative policies and practices in the field of education.
The meeting gathered WLA-CdM Members, the Varkey Foundation, together with 30 representatives from governments, experts, policymakers, educators, media and humanitarian workers that aim at putting forward discussions how education can become a better tool to build more inclusive, peaceful societies.
In the meeting, the WLA-CdM and its partners outlined a strategic vision that sought to secure the high level of engagement required by such an initiative. Additionally, participants agreed on an approach consisting of four areas:
- 1.Global citizenship to bridge divides
- 2.Inclusive education for migrants and refugees
- 3.Education for preventing violent extremism
- 4.Digital resilience for shared societies
In addition, WLA-CdM Members met with the Members of the Atlantis Group - a body of former Education Ministers and Heads of Government from across 6 continents created by the Varkey Foundation – to discuss ideas for the initiative and potential areas of collaboration to advance it further.
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