Lunchtime side-events - 21 May

New approaches for new contexts: Innovations for transformative teaching and learning

A Global Book Fund: Making Early Grade Reading Books Available for All

Organisers: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of Norway, Government of UK, Children's Rights and Emergency Relief Organization 'UNICEF), Global Partnership for Education (GPE) &
Save the children

Moderator: Ms Penelope Bender, USAID


Mr Charles North, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Mr Olav Seim, MOFA Norway
Representative MOE Kenya or Malawi
Representative Save the Children

The Global Book Fund could significantly contribute to the achievement of post-2015 goals by radically altering the landscape for the provision of the reading materials that are an essential element for the resolution of the global reading crisis. Discussing plans for the Fund, discovering ways in which they could be strengthened, and deepening consideration of the partnerships that will be necessary for the Fund’s success, all of which will take place during this event, will assist the international community to lay the foundations for a Global Book Fund that will efficiently and effectively advance the cause of Education For All.

The Vanguard of Change: the Role of Young People in a Powerful New Education Agenda

Organiser: UN Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)

This side event will be an open discussion between government and youth representatives attending the World Education Forum, and launch a ‘Call to Action’ that is drawn from the numerous documents created by youth led processes in the lead up to 2015. The Call to Action highlights the importance of partnering with young people and aims to support governments in their implementation of the Framework for Action.  

Une refondation pédagogique dans une approche équitable au service de l'éducation préscolaire

Organiser: Algerian Minister of Education (to invite Senegal, Quebec and Switzerland)


H.E. Ms Nouria Benghabrit, Minister of Education of Algeria
Mr Abdelmajid Hedouas, MOE Algeria
Mr Nedjadi Messeguem, MOE Algeria
Ms Samia Mezaib, MOE Algeria
rep Senegal
rep Quebec
rep Switzerland

En Algérie les services offerts en matière d’éducation de la petite enfance sont inéquitables. L’accent est mis sur la prise en charge des enfants de 5-6 ans. Un projet est déjà initié en collaboration avec le ministère des affaires religieuses pour mettre en œuvre un socle commun de compétences qui constituera le profil d’entrée en première année primaire. Comment démultiplier les formes de participation à la prise en charge de la petite enfance par les organismes? Comment œuvrer à mettre en place un socle commun de compétences? Nous invitons le Sénégal, Le Québec et la Suisse à coparrainer cette manifestation.

How Understanding Education Systems Can Help to Endure Learning for All?

Organisers: Department for International Development (DFID) UK, Center for Global Development & World Bank

Moderator: Ms Laura Savage, DFID


Mr Lant Prichett, Harvard Kennedy School
Mr Luis Beneviste, World Bank

This session will bring together the Center for Global Development, the UK Department for International Development, and the World Bank Group to explore education systems research. Education systems have come a long way in ensuring children around the world are able to enroll in school. Yet we know that many children, especially those most marginalized, are still unable to access and complete their education. Alarmingly, we also know that those children who are enrolling in school are not learning. ‘The learning crisis’ has led us (the global education community) to question the appropriateness and relevance of the education being delivered globally. There is a strong case for a systems approach to education reform.

Effectively Transforming Learning and Teaching with Techonology

Organiser: Intel Education


Ms Eileen Lenton, Intel Education
Mr Jyoti Parikh, Intel Education Advocacy Manager 
Ms Raju Doshi, Intel Education Advocacy Manager 
Gov rep (tbc)

With unprecedented collaboration between governments, educators and industry partners, Intel’s model for education transformation has enabled student success and helped build thriving communities around the world.  We’ll share case studies of how diverse schools and institutions have addressed challenges ranging from access to quality to prepare students for success in the global economy.  In this panel we will demonstrate that by working together we can improve learning and teaching for all.  

Repositioning Curriculum in Education Quality & Development-Relevance

Organiser: UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE)

Moderator: Ms. Camilla Croso, President of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE)


Ms Mmantsetsa Marope, Director IBE
Mr Jan van der Akker, Director of the Netherland Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO),  
Mr. Khalifa Ali AlSuwaidi, Representative of the Hamdan Award Board of Trustees in the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize and Permanent Jury (UAE)
Partners: Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE, Saudi Arabia), SLO (Netherlands) and Microsoft Corporation

This side event will table for discussion an IBE paper on the new curriculum paradigm the world needs NOW if education is to effectively play its role as an SDG in its own right, and as an essential enabler of other SDGs. The session will further discuss pedagogies required to effectively and equitably facilitate learning and assessment approaches to support learning. 

Current and New Directions for Measuring Global Citizenship Education

Organisers: Brookings Institution & UN Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) Youth Advocacy Group


Ms Rebecca Winthrop, Brookings Institution
Ms Lydia Ruprecht, UNESCO
Working Group Chair Rep (tbc)
APCIEU or Kartikeya Sarabhai, CEE
YAG rep (tbc)

This side event will table for discussion an IBE paper on the new curriculum paradigm the world needs NOW if education is to effectively play its role as an SDG in its own right, and as an essential enabler of other SDGs. The session will further discuss pedagogies required to effectively and equitably facilitate learning and assessment approaches to support learning.

New Power of Youth and Adult Education - contribution to the transformative Post-2015 agenda

Organisers: International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) & DVV International - Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association

Moderator: Dr Heribert Hinzen, DVV international


H.E. Dr Srdjan Verbic, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Serbia
H.E. Dr Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Kingdom of Cambodia
Ms Maria Graciela Cuervo, International Council for Adult Education

Youth and Adult Education plays the key role across the development agenda as the prerequisite for the achievement of all other sustainable development goals. The session will bring examples and share experiences from different countries and regions, showing how youth and adult education can play the transformative role for person, economy and society, by linking various social partners, formal and non-formal education and learning, liberal and vocational education and learning.

The Experience of Middle Income Countries Participating in PISA, 2000-2015

Organisers: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) & World Bank

Moderator: Mr Mamadou N'doye, Senegal, TBC


Ms Marlaine Lockheed, Princeton Lecturer
H.E. Mr Anies Baswedan, Minister of Education and Culture, , Indonesia 
H.E. Mr. Nguyen Vinh Hien, Deputy Minister of Education and Training, Vietnam 
Mr. Andreas Schleicher, OECD & 
WB representatives

The session will provide answers to six important questions about middle-income countries and their experiences of participating in PISA: What is the extent of developing country participation in PISA and other international learning assessments? Why do these countries join PISA? What are the financial, technical, and cultural challenges for their participation in PISA? What impact has participation had on their national assessment capacity? How have PISA results influenced their national policy discussions? And what does PISA data tell us about education in these countries and the policies and practices that influence student performance?

School Feeding, the Drive of Agriculture and Local Development: Prospects for Africa

Organisers: Ministry of Education of Niger & World Food Programme (WFP)

Moderator: Minister of Education of Cameroun, COMEDAF Head, TBC


3N Strategy, Minister of Education of Niger
Minister of Education of Cote d’Ivoire (TBC)
WFP, Home Grown School Feeding expert (CoE Brazil  or HQ)- (TBC)
Expert from WFP AU – (TBC)

The session will share with Governments the role and impact of school feeding, in addressing education outcomes- enrollment, nutrition and demonstrate the impact it can have on agriculture production, by linking this to the Home Grown School Feeding/local production; it is an opportunity to show that school feeding as a safety net allows economies to ensure inclusive growth and a means to achieve equitable and sustainable development. The session will foster a debate to reach a common understanding of African countries’ will to adopt and finance SF programme as a safety net system in long-term and at exploring sustainable financing strategies.