Goal 4 - Quality Education

Industry Insights: Four Organizations Catalyzing Education Around the World Through Technology

Ahead of the World Government Summit in February 2017, here are the programs our editors are watching.

As the world undergoes dramatic shifts in political leadership and landscapes, next month’s World Government Summit in Dubai could not be more timely. From February 12 – 14, cross-sector leaders will come together for the largest annual gathering focused on shaping the future of geopolitics and industry.

Technology and its application on education will be a main focus at the Summit. As technology continues its rapid development, industry leaders are convening to discover possibilities for implementation on the global stage. Education is looked at as a particularly vital investment; the possibility to catalyze global prosperity for all is impossible without quality education for all.

Here are four organizations supporting advancements in education.

World’s Largest Lesson

The World’s Largest Lesson is an ongoing initiative to teach youth about the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as inspire their involvement in the realization of this vision. The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, are 17 goals aiming to combat extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030. World leaders committed to these goals in September 2015, and now the globe is mobilizing to reach these ambitions.

Enter the World’s Largest Lesson. In order to achieve the Global Goals, youth represent the most important demographic to reach. The World’s Largest Lesson uses technology to share lesson plans and resources with educators around the world. Children are incentivized by charming animations and respected figures to consider how they can contribute to the vision.

The World’s Largest Lesson is both a creator and curator of materials to inspire the world. They are partnered with ESRI (Environmental Scale Rating Institute) to create an interactive map that students can upload their classes’ sizes and gender ratios and view other results around the world. This has provoked conversation about gender in the classroom, as well as sparked actions around inclusion.

Girl Up: WiSci STEAM Camp

Girls and women around the world encounter significant barriers in accessing education in STEM education. Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign, focuses on empowering adolescent girls. WiSci STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Mathematics) Camp is a Girl Up initiative to close the gender gap in STEM fields. These camps specifically focus on mentorship and leadership for high school age girls interested in STEAM. Past WiSci STEAM Camps have been held in Rwanda and Peru, with the 2017 Camp being held in Malawi in July.

Learn how to apply here: https://girlup.org/wisci/apply/.

MIT’s Solve

Over half of refugees worldwide are children, and ensuring education is not disrupted is vital in mitigating a current crisis and preventing a future one.

Solve is a platform and marketplace where global innovators convene to pitch solutions to the world’s biggest problems and meet partners like Google to help implement them. The four central pillars that Solve supports are education, healthcare, energy and food production, and infrastructure and economic opportunity. Within the education category, called Learn, Solve is currently seeding ideas for education for refugees, particularly for youth in camps. Finalists, selected by judges who weigh the feasibility, novelty, impact, and quality of the solution, get the opportunity to pitch at Solve at the United Nations, and those selected will be featured at Solve’s flagship event in May 2017 at MIT.

Zayed Future Energy Prize Global High Schools

The Zayed Future Energy Prize is the product of late Ruler of Abu Dhabi and Founding Father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His son, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Nahyan, announced the prize to honor the legacy of environmental stewardship. The prize is focused on inspiring a sustainable energy future through rewarding today’s innovators. The prize is awarded annually to a large corporation, a small and medium enterprise, a non-profit organization, as well as five high schools from different regions. The latter category, called Global High Schools, is meant to encourage education and sustainability from a young age. The prize money goes towards financing proposed clean energy projects, with the intention of having a lasting, positive impact on the environment, raising global awareness, and encouraging student leadership and community engagement.


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