GÉANT is proud to have joined the Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO, an open partnership which seeks to ‘facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this period of sudden and unprecedented educational disruption’, and to ‘ensure the continuity of education for all learners.’
With over 65% of the world’s student population in 146 countries affected by school closures, organisations worldwide are pledging their support to help address the challenges.
The global coalition includes multilateral partners such as UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and the International Telecommunication Union, private sector organisations including Microsoft, Moodle and Orange, as well as non-profit organisations such as Save the Children and Creative Commons. Media partners and networks and associations are also represented.
Pledging GÉANT’s support, Erik Huizer highlighted not only connectivity across Europe, but also such services as openUp2U and eduroam and further commented, “We undertake all these efforts not only in Europe but on a global scale with our global partners and with the support of the European Commission, for which we are very thankful. With these efforts, both in Europe and globally, we are proud to be part of this Global Education Coalition by UNESCO to support the development of knowledge, the transfer of knowledge, development of skills and a joint response to a crisis.”
To learn more, visit the UNESCO Global Education Coalition page