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Towards a Global Education Platform: Potential Models for Harnessing Technology to Promote Education as a Global Public Good September 2014
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) discussion paper, Towards: Potential Models for Harnessing Technology to Promote Education as a Global Public Good, was prepared by Jonathan Glencross (Purpose Capital) and Sarah O’Hagan. GBC-Education would also like to thank Shane Dabor, Johnson Fung, Imran Husain, Kevin Kalra, Avet Khachatryan, Lauren Lichtman and Justin van Fleet for their research and insights that have shaped this report, as well as Hamoon Ekhtiari for his contributions. GBC-Education would also like to thank Andronicus Education for the production of the infographics within this report. A special thanks to the ongoing leadership and contributions from the working group co-chairs who have steered contributions to this report: Rebecca Winthrop (Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution) and Jake Hirsch-Allen (Functional Imperative). The report has benefited greatly from contributions from a number of leaders in the technology, academic, business and global development sectors. GBCEducation would like to thank the co-conveners of the initial meeting held in London in December 2013: Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Purpose Capital, Incentives for Global Health, Functional Imperative and A World at School. We would also like to thank the participants in the London meeting for their contributions toward outlining the
potential of a global education platform, with special thanks to the Fred Mulder Charitable Trust, whose generous support made the event possible. GBC-Education would like to thank the leadership of its Advisory Board member Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Founder, Econet Wireless Group, as well as the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Thomas Pogge, President of Academics Stand Against Poverty, Director of the Global Justice Program and Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, for their leadership on the issues of technology and education. The report has benefited from the contributions of many members of the Global Education Platform working groups and participants in the groups’ meetings. GBC-Education would like to thank all these individuals for their contributions through the working groups’ meetings and individual conversations. GBC-Education thanks the Good Planet Foundation, Dangote Foundation and Econet Wireless their generous support of this ongoing research and programmatic initiative.
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CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION II. PRINCIPLES FOR USING TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER EDUCATION TO THE MOST MARGINALIZED III. THE GLOBAL EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY CHAIN: MODELS FOR DELIVERING EDUCATION IV. CONCLUSION V. APPENDIX 1: EXAMPLES OF DELIVERY MODELS VI. APPENDIX 2: NONEXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS CONSULTED
SUMMARY The Global Business Coalition for Education’s Global Education Platform initiative has convened academics, technology entrepreneurs, business leaders, global development experts and educators in conversations to identify how technology could be used to deliver recognized skill development that leads to economic opportunity in a model that prioritizes learning as a public good for the most marginalized. Participants explored the potential added value of an initiative to enable content creation, dissemination, as well as the recognition of learning pathways for skill development. The process also examined the current challenges and opportunities surrounding the delivery of education with technology across different contexts, as well as gaps in learning opportunities best suited to the introduction of technological innovations. Discussions have focused on how these innovations could result in hi