The EDUCATION SUMMIT aims to provide a platform for an international and cross-cultural dialogue where people from different parts of the world and diverse communities can contribute to a broad vision for educational excellence and equity for all children and youth.

The three aims of this summit:

    • To share the essential practices when addressing the challenges of access to education around the globe
    • to promote visionary thinking about making education accessible for all children
    • To explore a specific aspect of faith communities as local actors in bringing every child everywhere, in school.

Action STEPS:

    • BRING TOGETHER experts in education, social innovators, investors in education, decision-makers, people from faith-based organisations (FBOs) and other civil society organisations (CSOs), out-of-school children and teens, parents…
    • EXPLORE possible solutions and the role of FBOs in access to quality education.
    • ACCELERATE and promote solutions and good practices inside local communities.

Context: At the most fundamental level, the world has still not achieved its governments’ commitment to providing access to education for all children. At the same time, there has been remarkable progress worldwide in giving millions of children, including girls, access to primary education. Millions of children never receive any schooling, primarily girls and children in conflict zones. Governments usually provide primary education, but since many of these children are in “weak states,” much of the discussion focused on the role of nongovernmental schools and organisations in reaching the hardest to reach and on the need for schools to be declared “protected zones” in times of conflict.

Historically, communities of faith have played an essential role in social welfare and education. For decades, donors’ engagement with religions and faith-based communities had not been an issue in Western development. In the past years, faith communities’ role in development has become taken into account more and more. A significant part of development aid goes to regions where religion is an integral part of social life. In some of those regions, faith-based organisations provide half of all aid and education services. Sometimes, religious leaders are the only way to reach local communities. Therefore, the international community should consider the work of FBOs on the ground, especially in the light of localisation and equal partnerships, which are high on the EU agenda.[1]

On the 20th April 2021, the first EDUCATION SUMMIT was organised, titled Education Accelerator (more about the event here). Accelerator brought together leaders and experts from governmental institutions, non-profit sectors, development and humanitarian workers, journalists, reserachers, practitioneers, faith leaders, and researchers. Speeches of all speakers are available here. Education Incubator is the next step in our collaborative efforts to bring education opportunities globally to every child and youth.

[1] Source: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2017)608800 (Briefing on The EU and faith-based organisations in development and humanitarian aid, 2017)


13:50 – 13:59 Online cafeteria

14:00 – 14:15 Opening session

14:15 – 14:45 First round of breakout rooms discussions with facilitators

14:45 – 14:55 Networking party 

14:55 – 15:25 Second round of breakout rooms with facilitators

15:25 – 16:00 Reporting about group's discussions

16:00 – 16:20 Questions & answers

16:20 – 16:30 Closing


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